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Falkirk’s reel and jig for Commonwealth Games

Members of the Falkirk RSCDS branch are looking forward to taking part in the worldwide 
Commonwealth Ceilidh in June

Members of the Falkirk RSCDS branch are looking forward to taking part in the worldwide Commonwealth Ceilidh in June

 

Falkirk Bairns are being urged to “join hands” and get into the Commonwealth Games spirit by doing a jig as part of a global dance event.

The 24-hour ‘Commonwealth Ceilidh’ is being held in June with dancers from across the competing countries taking part.

The event begins at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, in New Zealand, then hits the time zones of all the participating nations, beginning in Scotland 12 hours later during a full day of dancing celebrating the Glasgow Games, which start on July 23.

It will then continue over to the Americas and organisers are hoping the final event will begin in Hawaii 24 hours after the first ceilidh Down Under.

The district’s event is taking place in Falkirk Town Hall and the local Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society branch is getting in on the act.

Falkirk Community Trust has given the branch use of the Town Hall and tickets are available free of charge from the Steeple box office for those wanting to get involved.

Chairperson Margie Stevenson said: “Anyone can come along and take part. It is shaping up to be quite an event.

“People will be shown how to do the dances, so it’s a great chance to introduce and encourage Scottish country dancing. We are hoping to attract ceilidh dancers as well as Scottish country dancing is a great way to socialise. There will also be some dances specially composed for this event.”

Music for the dancing is being provided by the popular Gordon Shand Band.

Anyone can take part in the ‘‘Commonwealth Ceilidh, whether they are new to Scottish country dancing or a life-long dancer. Those interested in getting involved should contact Alison Whitton on (01324) 631363 or the Steeple box office to book a ticket on (01324) 506850.

Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “It will be a fantastic way to celebrate, share and showcase our culture during 2014.”

 

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