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Monthly Function Friday 29th March 2019

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Dance Held at the Commodore Hotel on 29 March 2019

 

 

On a pleasantly surprising rain free night in Helensburgh the welcome and introduction were given by  Vice President John Johnston in the absence on holiday of President Neil MacLeod.

 

Playing on the night were the Lomond Ceilidh Band, minus their usual fiddler and with a second box filling in. Notwithstanding the change in lineup the music produced was of the highest quality and special mention is due to the perfect tempo for the Viennese Swing, something which other bands have often struggled with. Dancing progressed apace through the advertised programme and a couple of extra dances were fitted in.

 

Numbers on the night were on a par with those of February's dance with 53 members and 2 non members attending.

 

The raffle raised a total of £150, somewhat more than last month, and, as ever, thanks to those donating prizes and purchasing tickets.

 

Closing remarks were given by John Johnston and the evening ended in traditional fashion with a last waltz and Auld Lang Syne.

 

Our next event will be a dance in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore on 26 April 2019 with music provided by the  Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band. All welcome as ever.

 

 

Lomond Ceilidh Band

 

Many Happy Returns to George on a Special Birthday

 

 

Well Done the Dancers!

 

 

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Well Done the Dancers!

 

 

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Well Done the Dancers!

 

Well Done the Dancers! Who happens to also be our resident photographer!  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:55
 

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! 

 

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Well Done The Dancers!

 

Well Done The Dancers!

 

Well Done The Dancers!

 

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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

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                  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
 


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