School pupils delighted to be in a spin at country dance festival

Tuesday, 8 October, 2019


Talented youngsters enjoyed a tartan-tastic day of dances, smiles and Scottish music on Friday (4 October).children dancing

Bearsden & Milngavie Primary Schools Scottish Country Dance Festival was another great success, featuring P7 pupils from across the area.

After the opening in Milngavie Town Hall - carried out by Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council - local piper Iain Smith led representatives from each school into the hall, displaying their school banner.

Schools involved included Mosshead, Baljaffray, Craigdhu, Castlehill, Baldernock, Bearsden, Killermont, Milngavie and Clober primaries.

Event organiser Walter Proven said, "Well done to everyone involved. It was another fabulous festival - promoting social skills and cultural awareness, as well as encouraging young people to get active.

"I want to pay tribute to everyone who helped to make this year's event such a success. I hope all the participants enjoyed the day as much as I did and we hope to be back to do it all again next year."

The event is linked to the popular Bearsden Festival, which connected community, arts and mental health with a packed programme in May.children dancing in tartan

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Council Leader, said, "Congratulations to all the children involved this year and well done to everyone behind the scenes who helped to organise the festival, which combines music, dance and healthy exercise. It's an excellent event and I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength."

Pupils involved took part in five core dances together and two nominated dances individually, with music provided by John Carmichael and his Scottish dance band.

Experienced dancers from the local area helped pupils to prepare for the festival in advance.

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