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Monthly Function Friday 25th January 2019

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Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 25 January 2019

 

 

Despite a fairly dreich evening a respectable turnout of 64 members and 4 non-members were welcomed by President Neil MacLeod to an evening's dancing at the Commodore. Included in the numbers were a party celebrating a 50th birthday.

The Iain Anderson SDB who had been scheduled to play on the night had regrettably had to call off but were ably replaced by the Donald MacLeod two piece band providing some excellent lively music, though with some little confusion as to the correct tempo for Saunter Together.

 

The raffle raised the sum of £112 and thanks go to those who contributed to the prizes as well as those who purchased tickets.

 

Our next event will be a dance and not a Ceilidh as originally advertised due to lack of interest in the latter and will be held as ever in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore on 22 February 2019 with music provided by the  Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band. All welcome.

 
 
Donald MacLeod Scottish Dance Band 
 
 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
 
 
Andy McNeil's Son in Law, Jack, celebrating a Birthday with us tonight.
 
 
Rest of the Birthday Party Group.. 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
 
Well Done the Dancers! 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:46
 

Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2018

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Hogmanay Ceilidh Dance 2018

 

Doors open at 8pm and the hall filled up fairly quickly, although not with quite the same urgency as witnessed on previous years!

This may have been due to the fact that at least half of those attending were not members of the Highland Association. However, without that influx of guests, we may have struggled to fill the hall.

Nevertheless, the night got off to a great start come 9pm, with a welcome from our 

President, Neil McLeod and music courtesy of the Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band, excellent as always.

The evening progressed well, with Piper Daryll Lynch giving a fine rendition of tunes straight after the Bells..

Shortly thereafter, we had the honour of our very own Jim Gray arriving at the door as our First Foot, issuing Good Wishes and Good Cheer, with the offer of a Dram for all present.

 

Dancing continued until 2am at which point farewells were said and Auld Lang Syne completed a very successful Hogmanay.

 

Thanks to all those members who assisted in the clearing of the hall after the event.

It was much appreciated!

 

 

Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band

 

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!Well Done The Dancers!

 

 

Our Piper, Daryll Lynch 

 

 

Well Done The Dancers! 

Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2019 15:02
 

Christmas Supper Dance 2018

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Christmas Supper Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 7 December 2018

 

 

66 members and guests (including visitors from Australia) braved some pretty atrocious weather to attend the annual Christmas supper dance at the Commodore and were royally entertained by the inimitable Charlie Kirkpatrick and his band, with Charlie's patter as amusing (if weel kent) as ever.

 

President Neil MacLeod provided a welcome and dancing continued until an excellent supper was served by the Commodore staff. The traditional appearance of Santa and his vivacious elf assistant (ably played as usual by Ewan and Janette Howieson) was the highlight of the evening and was loudly welcomed by the party.

 

The raffle raised a total of £182 and thanks go to those who contributed to the prizes and, of course, all who bought tickets.

 

The second half provided more great music to dance to and included a spot dance. The President wound up the proceedings followed by the last waltz and the traditional Auld Lang Syne before the weary dancers departed, thankfully in somewhat less wet and windy conditions than on arrival.

 

Our next function will be the Hogmanay Dance at Geilston Hall, Cardross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                  Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance band

 

                      no introductions here!                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric & Sarah, spot Prize winners  

 

 

 

 

Round the tables

 

Round the tables

Round the tables

Round the tables

 Round the tables  Round the tables Round the tables

                  Grace wins the Christmas Bottle!!

 

Round the tables 

 

Kevin & Pat , all the way from Australia for our Christmas Ceilidh! 

 

More photos to follow>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 January 2019 14:43
 

Monthly Function Friday 30th November 2018

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Monthly Function Friday 30th November 2018

 

 

 

Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 30 November 2018

 

 

Numbers were somewhat down on last month's dance with a total of 49 members attending together with 10 non-members including a Canadian ex-pat on a visit home with family members (who have indicated an interest in returning) and a couple from Alexandria (not the Egyptian city!). Ticket sales brought in a total of £492.

 

Notwithstanding the lower turnout a most enjoyable evening was had by all, dancing to some superb music by the Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band who fairly rattled through the programme.

 

The raffle raised £141 and thanks to those who donated prizes and, of course, those who purchased tickets.

 

The floor was in better condition than at the last dance after representation to the hotel management and, thankfully, tea and coffee arrived in suitably large pots after the problems of last month. It was noted, however, that there were insufficient tea bags in the pot for a decent cuppa.

 

 

Our next function will be the Christmas  supper dance on 7 December in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel with music provided by the ever reliable Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band. 


 

 

Emma , a visitor from Canada, dancing a fine Gay Gordons Two Step..   Well Done The Dancers!

 

Bruce Wayne Scottish dance Band 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2018 18:10
 

Monthly Function Friday 26th October 2018

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Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 26 October 2018

 

 

A healthy attendance of 66 members and 12 guests braved a distinctly chilly but thankfully rain free evening to attend the event at the Commodore, bringing in a total of £648 in entrance fees. Originally intended to be a ceilidh evening, due to lack of interest of the members it was instead a night of dancing to the music of the ever reliable Wullie Scott. Looking rather lonely on the stage after a late cancellation by a fellow band member, Wullie nevertheless filled the hall with some great music (amazing the volume, variety and richness of sound a single accordion combined with modern technology can produce!) and, to his credit, had mastered the modern waltz tempo for Waltz Catherine after some confusion at his last appearance.

 

Regrettably there was some delay in the serving of teas and coffees at the interval due to a strange miscalculation of the volumes required on the part of the Commodore – one small teapot and coffee flagon were totally inadequate for the numbers requiring to be served and there were lengthy delays in providing refills. Apologies to those kept waiting for refreshments. On the plus side the raffle raised a grand total of £202 and thanks go to those who contributed to the prizes.

 

Our next function will be a dance on 30 November in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel with music provided by the Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band. All welcome as ever.

 
 
 
 Wullie Scott on Accordion
 
Well Done The Dancers! 
 
Well Done The Dancers!         Well Done The Dancers!
 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:32
 
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