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Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2017

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Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2017


Even with the torrential rain on Hogmanay,  Ninety Nine  brave souls joined in the NewYear celebrations, held in the Geilston Hall, Cardross.

And with visitors from Australia, United States of America, Ireland, England and a hefty Scottish contingent, it proved to be quite an international event.

(Apologies if any other country's folks not represented here.. If there are any, let me know and I will amend..) 

The doors opened at 8pm, with the car park already almost full by 7.30pm! 

Come nine o’clock, our association president, John Johnstone, opened the evening and welcomed the band - The Stuart  McKeown Scottish Dance Band, who provided us with excellent lively music throughout the evening..

The raffle tonight produced a handsome £285.00  -  Thank you to all for donations and ticket sales.

Tommy and Nancy McLennan, long time members, but unfortunately unable to attend tonight, kindly sent a selection of biscuits to pass round, which was greatly appreciated. 

Kind regards to Tommy and Nancy..

After the mad rush for the balloon prizes at midnight, (who won the bottle of Ginger Wine-and did you like it?), we had an excellent rendition of bagpipe tunes by Daryl Lynch, who has played for us at Hogmanay for a considerable number of years now.

In due course, our First Foot, claiming to be Ronnie’s twin brother (H’mm) arrived, after thumping the door for quite a while!!,  and presented the ‘Keeper of the Event’ , President John Johnstone, with a Lump of Coal, a bit O Black Bun and the obligatory Dram..He immediately downed the dram of course, and we hope he put the coal and bun to good use..

A rendition of a poem reminiscing a 1950’s Hogmanay 

(which obviously impressed our First Foot, and very nearly brought a tear to the eye) was given, and thereafter tot’s of Whisky or Ginger Wine were offered to all present.

The dancing and party atmosphere continued till almost 2am, shortly before which the President gave a vote of thanks to all involved and in turn received a well deserved vote of thanks from the rest of the committee for the tireless efforts of himself and Gill.


Many thanks to all the members who held back to help clear the hall of tables and chairs etc.


 Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band


Piper Daryll Lynch 





 Well Done The Dancers!!Well Done The Dancers!! 


Well Done The Dancers!! Well Done The Dancers!!


Well Done The Dancers!! Well Done The Dancers!!Well Done The Dancers!!


Happy New Year and Lang may yer Lum Reek! 


 Well Done The Dancers!!


And according to information received We wish a Happy Hogmanay Birthday to Gayle McKinnon  


Last Updated on Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:34