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President’s Night, Haggis Supper 11 March 2017

Many thanks to the 72 members and guests who supported the President’s Night Haggis Supper at Countesthorpe Village hall.
Our evening Started with the Presidents escorted to their places by the pipes and Drum.

After a few words of welcome from the President. Our Master of Ceremonies Mr Brian Stevens invited us onto the floor for “Highland Welcome”, which was followed by a “Veleta”. The music accompanying the dancing was provided by Canna Laigh who were with us for the first time.

The RSCDS Demonstration team then performed the dances “Globe Inn” and “Haggis Tree.” Mrs. Carmel Dorward then delighted us with her rendition of Marble Halls. The dem team then danced “Clutha.”

It was the turn of Mr Carl Wilkinson Hon Piper, ably assisted by Mr D Jarram, and Mr B Yates on Pipes and Mr V Heighton on Drum to play us a selection of melodies. It was good to welcome Mr Yates back to the piping team.

After the pipers’ we danced the” Square Tango” and “St Bernard Waltz”.

Supper time arrived with the haggis to being escorted in by the pipers. Dr Hugh Mackay addressed the haggis with enthusiasm. The supper of haggis tatties and neeps, followed by a choice of desserts, tea or coffee was served a few minutes later.

Mr C Harrison provided a quiz sheet, that we attempted to answer (if we knew the answers) in between dancing and spectating. After supper, the winning raffle tickets were called.

Mrs. V Weynberg from the RSCDS guided us through the participation dances, The Barmkin, and Machine without horses. (I don’t think anyone noticed any mistakes!)

Time for a breather. The Dem team then danced “Sixsome medley “, followed by the “Celtic Cross” and “Blenheim Butterfly”. Mrs.Dorward returned to sing the lovely song “Leaving Nancy”.

The Quiz answers were read out by our “understudy M C “Mr David French. A team from the pipers won with a team from the dancers in second place.

All too soon it was time for “the dashing white Sargent” and the” last waltz.”

Mr Murdo Ferrier, thanked everyone for attending, The dancers for their superb dancing, the Pipers for their stirring music, Mrs. Dorward for her beautiful singing and Canna Laig for playing such lovely music during the evening. Two of our visiting guest Presidentsthanked the Society for a most enjoyable evening. After Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem, our evening closed. Everyone was wished a safe journey home.

Gina Ferrier


Back row left to Right.

Dr H Mackay (President Scottish Presidents Ass.) Mr J Mcdonald  (Secretary -Northampton) Mrs V Mackay Mr Sandy Aitken (President E M A S S) Mrs J Stalker Mr A Stalker ( Secretary - Derby) Mr D King (President - Huntingdon) Mr H Brown (President - Corby) Mr M Ferrier ( President - Leicester) Mr R Whitbread (Bedford)

Front Row.

Mrs C Mcdonald (President Northampton) Mrs R Aitken Mrs G King Mrs V Brown, Mrs J Tubby (Bedford) Mrs G Ferrier.


                              


                                                           

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