Youngsters have ‘reely’ good fun at dance festival

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Bearsden Burgh Hall was a sea of tartan when over 350 children from eight primary schools had some ‘reely’ good fun at Bearsden Scottish Country Dance 
Festival recently.

The event started as part of Bearsden Festival which began in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength in recent years with an increasing number of pupils taking part.

Bearsden Dance Festival.

Bearsden Dance Festival.

The children advanced and retired, reeled and jigged, to the exhilarating sound of the Màrtainn Skene Band.

The event was officially opened by council leader Rhondda Geekie, who said: “I was delighted to be invited back to the festival and to get to meet the very energetic participants. The whole day was full of fun and laughter and it was a joy to be a part of it. The young people’s performances were wonderful with such a high standard. It was clear how much hard work had gone into preparing for the day. Well done to everyone who took part and to the organisers for putting on an excellent event.”

The festival is organised in conjunction with the New Kilpatrick Scottish Country Dance Club whose members help out on the day and attend the various schools weeks in advance of the festival to teach the dances.

Walter Proven from Bearsden, who is the main driving force behind the event, said: “Every year I’m more impressed with the standard of dancing achieved by the children in such a short time, and I hope they will carry on enjoying it.”