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Home News Event Review Christmas Supper Dance 25 Dec 2023

Christmas Supper Dance 25 Dec 2023

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Christmas Supper Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 15 December 2023 


A drizzly Helensburgh evening (no surprise there) welcomed the attendees to the 2023 Christmas supper dance. 52 members and 2 guests were present on the night. 

The evening began at the earlier time of 7.30 with the traditional welcome by President Neil MacLeod and the introduction of the musicians for the evening, the inimitable Charlie Kirkpatrick and his band, long standing providers of terpsichorean accompaniment at the Association's annual Christmas celebration. 

The evening's dancing commenced to time with the floor filling for the Gay Gordons followed by a few more dances before a pause for supper. The single course meal provided by the Commodore was enjoyed by all and was followed by tea and coffee with traditional mince pie being distributed by committee members. On this occasion mini apple pies and gluten free mince pies were also available. The raffle followed the meal and, save for a little initial difficulty with the microphone and occasional blue/green confusion with the tickets by the caller, went smoothly with the distribution of a large number of prizes generously donated by members. The raffle raised the not inconsiderable sum of £158 on the night. Thereafter Santa and his assistant elf made their traditional appearance heralded by the band's rendition of Jingle Bells and accompanied by the tintinnabulation of Santa's hand bell, with gift wrapped sweeties being distributed to the tables. 

Dancing after the interval got off to a slightly slow start, due no doubt to the digestive process, but soon picked up and continued thereafter, with a couple of spot dances mixed in, for the rest of the evening until the usual closing with remarks and thanks by the President before the last waltz and Auld Lang Syne. 

Thanks are due to the Commodore bar and serving staff for excellent service over the evening. Regrettably, however, that excellence did not extend to the state of the floor which was somewhat tacky, although not as bad as on some past occasions. 

The next dance will be the Hogmanay Dance with the Stuart McKeown SDB at Geilston Hall, Cardross. The next regular monthly dance will be on Friday 26th January in the Osprey Suite at the Commodore as always with music provided by the Susan MacFadyen SDB.