Are school leavers’ Proms a waste of money?

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The craze has swept the UK with secondary schools staging massive Proms for their pupils who are about to leave.

All over East Lancashire, girls have been donning eleborate dresses and spending hours on their hair and make-up for the showcase event that marks their rite of passage from schooldays to a new chapter in their lives.

Is the craze, which has been long established in America, simply a waste of time and money or should our young people be encouraged to celebrate in grand style this important moment in their lives?

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