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Scottish dance group celebrates Burns Night

Scottish country dancers enjoyed Burns Night in Waltham, where haggis was piped in to celebrate the special evening.

The haggis was addressed in the traditional way, followed by a toast.Cock-a-leekie soup and haggis, neeps and tatties were followed by an evening of Scottish country dancing.

Eight men volunteered to dance The Reel of the 51st Division to music played on the bagpipes.

Scottish country dancing on Burns Night at Waltham. (27934046)
Scottish country dancing on Burns Night at Waltham. (27934046)

The dance was written in 1940 by Scottish prisoners-of-war who used the dancing - in military uniforms and boots - as a way of passing time and keeping fit. At Waltham the army uniforms and boots were replaced by kilts and dancing ghillies.

Dancers from Grantham U3A also demonstrated their dancing at Belton Park Golf Club’s Burns Supper.

Anyone wishing to find out more about either of these groups should get in touch with John Aitken 01476 577599.

A taster session is being organised by the Waltham group for Saturday, April 25, at 2.30pm in Bingham Methodist Centre.

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