This dance, hosted by Glasgow Branch, welcomed 50 members of the RSCDS Ribble Valley Branch, resulting in one of the most animated, brightest dances held in recent times. The dances for the programme was compiled from a variety of sources, including the Ribble Valley book and popular society dances. In the hall were a number of dance divisors whose dances were featured – Red Rum (S. Brown, Ribble Valley) – Snowdrops in the Glen (R. Beattie, Glasgow Branch) – The Merchant City (A. Thorn, Helensburgh Branch) – Good Hearted Glasgow (P. Knapman, New Kilpatrick). The Band itself was superb with individual band leaders John Burns and Nicky McMichan heading a six piece set under the title ‘The Full Scottish’.
Ribble Group organizer Jill Burrows said “I visited Milngavie last year and was instantly inspired by the village, the conviviality of the people I met, and the surrounding countryside. I knew our members would enjoy discovering this area, and this dance facilitated by the local Branch just put the icing on the cake, especially the ones with the sandwiches provided at the interval”. Margaret Sanders, Social Convenor for the Glasgow Branch said “The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society has branches all over the world but to welcome such a significant number of dancers from a single branch is quite extraordinary”. Both Chairmen, Joan Thompson from Ribble, and Fiona McDonald from Glasgow expressed their delight and satisfaction at the complete success of the enterprise.
video links (all thanks to Patrick Murray)
Merchant City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUzkTPdTYIQ
Inverneill House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIxRhN8WeEY