Ceilidh a success!

Ceilidh band musicians

The Ceilidh Band in full swing

Thanks very much to everyone who came along to our NLE Ceilidh on 26th May – and from the comments we’ve had back, it seems you enjoyed yourselves!

We are indebted to Stan Reeves for all his hard ‘caller’ work in getting the not-so-natural dancers among us moving in something resembling Scottish dancing – and, together with Vernon Galloway and Alison Reeves on fiddle, and Roy Carbarns on guitar, for driving on the dances with wonderful jigs and reels.

In the interval we were delighted to welcome Jose Miguel and his friends from their flamenco group, who provided suitably Iberian rythms while tired dancers refueled with Spanish Tortilla and Calimocho.

Warming up

Ceilidh dancers

The NLE's Dane and Asun show 'em how it's done

As the Tollcross clock struck 8pm on a warm Edinburgh spring evening, the first Ceilidh dances got underway in the sports hall of Tollcross Primary School.

A table groaning under the weight of Spanish Tortilla, Russian Salad, Polish pastries, cakes, beer, wine and soft drinks helped fuel everyone through the dances.

The interval

Flamenco musicians

Jose Miguel's Flamenco group

The strains of Flamenco filled the hall as everyone took a refreshment break, and found time to browse through Dorothy’s stall – piled high with books, videos, cuddly toys, and a facinating array of enamal badges.

After half an hour of Flamenco music and song, it was time for the raffle – thanks to those who donated prizes, and everyone who bought tickets.

The raffle over, Stan and friends resumed the Ceilidh, and kept everyone dancing until gone 11pm.

Thanks the NLE volunteers who helped set everything up, man the bar & food table, wash up and tidy everything away at the end. And we’re grateful to Marcin Kurek for sharing his photographs. Last, but not least, thanks to Kenny for keeping an eye on proceedings, and being ready with the (thankfully not needed) First Aid kit.

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