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Galashiels dancers have a ball in reel time

Children from primary schools across the Galashiels cluster area got celebrations off to a flying start when taking part in a St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh.

Eight schools took part in the event, which was held in the Volunteer Hall, having been learning the dances over the last six weeks.

Organised by Mhari Boland, Live Borders Active Schools Coordinator, and Margaret Pritchard from the Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, the third successive Galashiels St Andrew’s Day Ceilidh was hailed a roaring success by all involved.

“It was fun and the best dance was 'It should be Fun' because it made us smile,” commented a pupil from St Margaret’s Primary School.

“I really enjoyed it because we did lots of dances with different schools,” said another.
Jarvi Lamb from Tweedbank Primary said: “Before the ceilidh I was unsure, but it was fun!  I wish I could do it again.”

Originally held as an alternative to traditional sports and event festivals the Ceilidhs are becoming more and more popular with children from primary 4-7 throwing themselves into the events.

Jarvi’s teacher Mrs Williams added: “The children had a wonderful time - they have worked really hard at learning the dances and this was a great way to showcase and celebrate that achievement.”

Organiser, and dance teacher, Margaret Pritchard commented: “The whole morning went so well and to be honest it was quite emotional when all the children got up and danced.

“Schools have been so welcoming to us dance teachers and we have felt very much a part of a team”

While a teacher from Burgh Primary School said: “The kids had a great time and everyone did really well.

“It was great to see them all working so well together and dressed so smartly in their tartan.

“I know my class really enjoyed dancing along with the proper ceilidh band.”

Schools involved were Balmoral PS, St Margaret’s PS, Clovenfords PS, Stow PS, Burgh PS, St Peter’s PS, Tweedbank PS and Langlee PS.

Mhari Borland concluded: “The day was a great success and fantastic to see so many schools embrace the Scottish culture.

“It was a great way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.”

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