THE Volunteer Hall in Duns rang out to the music of George Meikle and his Band when Duns and District Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society raised over £1,300 for Children in Need.
Around 200 adults and young people enjoyed a mixed programme of ceilidh and Scottish country dances and watched the wonderful variety of styles of dance which were demonstrated throughout the first half of the programme.
Susan Grainger’s Highland dancers from Kelso performed the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance, Seann Truibhas and the Sailor’s Hornpipe.
Also from Kelso, Michelle Douglas’s young people, in colourful blazers, performed a slick hip-hop routine.
Two groups of dancers from Margaret Pritchard’s Selkirk class performed Scottish country dances they had devised themselves, Eight Pudsey Bears and The Spotty Dotty Dance, and were smartly dressed in kilts, with spotty headbands or Pudsey ears!
Julie Grainger, headteacher of Norham First School, brought along a team of very young dancers who entertained with their enthusiasm as they danced their own Hornpipe for Pudsey.
The Moira Mansbridge School of Ballet performed a delightful version of The Skaters Waltz, with dancers ranging in age from eight to 16, and also gave an intricate English country dance.
Three groups from Ruby Wilkinson’s Duns children’s class demonstrated their beautiful Scottish country dancing, with the little ones dancing Mr Michael Bear’s Reel and the Cumberland Reel and the older girls performing Ladies Fancy and the intricate strathspey The Shepherd’s Crook.
The third group danced the Double Domino Five, a lively end to the young people’s demonstrations.
After a wonderful supper provided by the members of Duns and District Branch the branch dancers continued with a Scottish country dance programme.
Thanks must go to everyone who helped to raise such a fantastic amount of money for Children in Need – dance teachers, parents and children, the committee and helpers of Duns and District Branch of the RSCDS, the George Meikle Band, and of course, Pudsey himself who put in an appearance!