Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Fundraising Finale (well, pre-trek anyway!)

Pateley Bridge Charity Dance on 16th September
Glyn and I and my friend Lizzie Rosewood had a great night when we helped out at the Pateley Bridge Charity Dance, which this month was in aid of Women for Women International UK. A few days later the organising committee sent me a cheque for £450 to go towards my fundraising target - absolutely brilliant!

It was an amazing evening! The hall was beautifully decorated, the music (thanks to Elizabeth Harrison) was delightful and the dancing was lovely to watch and take part in. We really enjoyed having a go at some of the Old Time and Sequence dances. I don't think we'll be called up to put the pros though their paces on 'Strictly' any time soon, but we didn't embarrass ourselves too much!

I'm so grateful to Brian, Terry and all the dance regulars who welcomed us and showed us the ropes, and also to all the helpers in the kitchen who produced a very tasty supper. Thank you also to Steve McEnaney - www.stevemcenaney.co.uk - who took some great photos as you can see -

Glyn, Lizzie & me selling tickets 

Me, Brian & Elizabeth

Ceilidh at The Cairn Hotel on 25th September
My legs and feet are still recovering from this one! The Dark Horse Ceilidh Band really put us through our paces. Right from the start everyone threw themselves into the spirit of the evening - there was no hesitating or waiting for others to get up first. And we raised the fabulous sum of £744!

Ray Black, the leader of the band, had organised for a group of Molly Dancers to entertain us at the mid-evening break and they were great fun to watch. Molly Dancing steps look a bit like Morris Dancing but the costumes are very different. The dancing is associated with the annual Plough Monday tradition (the first Monday after Twelth Night), during which young farmhands would drag a plough round the local villages, crying "a penny for the plough boys", and if no penny was forthcoming cut a furrow across the cheapskate's front lawn.

To everyone who came and danced and everyone who provided music, raffle prizes, food, the venue and help with selling tickets - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Some lovely photos taken by Steve again really capture the spirit of evening perfectly -
Molly Dancers

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