It was surely not the end to an evening of good wine and engaging conversation which West Cornwall Golf Club had in mind when it booked a function amid the splendour of a Grade II listed Cornish hotel.
But as the club’s annual dinner dance at the Tregenna Castle Hotel was reaching its climax the evening suddenly descended into violence.
At around 11.30pm on Friday evening fighting broke out after one of the guests appeared to object to overly exuberant dancing by a group of people at the event
As fists flew staff were forced to call the police, with officers from across west Cornwall rushing to the grounds of the hotel, near St Ives.
But even their presence was initially not enough to restore order to the proceedings, which ended with a woman understood to be the daughter of one of the club’s directors being arrested on suspicion of biting an officer.
She was one of two people arrested following the incident.
A club source said the two people involved were not members of the club, but had bought tickets and were there as invitees of the club.
The source said they believed the incident began when someone raised concerns over “safety on the dance floor”.
“Someone asked them to modify their behaviour, that’s where it began,” they said.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called by the hotel staff shortly after 11.30pm on Friday, November 10.
“Police were called to reports of fighting breaking out at a private party. Two people were arrested at the scene,” said the spokesman.
He said one woman was suspected of assaulting a police officer and added: “The officer needed to go a minor injury unit but did carry on with their duties afterwards.”
A number of people were injured and required treatment by paramedics.
The Tregenna Castle Hotel said it had cooperated with the police and had launched its own full investigation into the disturbance.
However the hotel management declined to comment until its own findings and the police investigation have been completed.
Bethany Glasson, aged 22 from Angarrack, Hayle, was charged with assault by beating, criminal damage, assault a police officer in execution of their duty and using threatening words or behaviour.
Miss Glasson, a student at Cardiff University, has previously worked as a waitress at the nearby Treloyhan Hotel, one of a chain of hotels run by the Christian Guild which offers Christian-based holidays “for everyone who is a Christian or is seeking to find Christ”.
She is due before Truro Magistrates' Court on November 27.
A 27 year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Tregenna Castle, built in 1774, was first opened as a hotel by the Great Western Railway in 1878 and was known for its extensive gardens and woodland offering views over St Ives and along the coast as far as Trevose Head.
A spokesperson for West Cornwall Golf Club said: “We are greatly saddened that the club has been associated with these scenes. With all haste we are now going through our normal club procedures to deal with the matter and investigate exactly what has gone on.”