Ceilidh club kicks off in Linlithgow

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Residents who want to dance the night away can do so thanks to a new ceilidh club which starts up next month.

And it doesn’t matter if you don’t know your Gay Gordons from Strip the Willow, the event will be open to all, catering for those new to the Scottish dance and those who with more experience.

The venture is based on the successful formula followed by similar clubs across the country.

The inaugural event will be held on Saturday, April 8 at the Linlithgow Burgh Halls and will be opened by Provost Tom Kerr. The club will then run one night each month.

Providing the music at the inaugural event will be one of Scotland’s top ceilidh bands, the Bass Rock Ceilidh band, who have a reputation for fusing traditional ceilidh music with more contemporary rock and pop tunes.

Mary Gristwood, the bands caller and fiddle player, said: “We aim to ensure that everyone has a great night and that even those who are ceilidh novices feel fully included.

“We give full instructions and talk the dancers through all the moves so that everyone can fully enjoy the experience.

“We have played at the Burgh Halls before and the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic.”

She added: “I think there are many reasons why ceilidhs are so popular. They are funny – you’re more likely to bend over laughing at making a wrong step and some dances may bring out a mischievous competitive edge plus they are sociable and keep you fit.”  

The doors open at 7pm, tickets priced £12.50 which also includes food along with games, spot prizes and a prize draw. No formal dress required.

Senior venue co-ordinator, Thirza Hockaday, said: “We are really excited to be hosting this event and hope that people come along and have a great night dancing to a top ceilidh band in the fantastic, historic setting  

“The Ceilidh Club has plans to host a public ceilidh every month in the Burgh Halls so please watch out for future dates and make sure you come along to get this off to a flying start.”

Tickets are available from the Ceilidh Scotland web page https://www.ceilidhscotland.org/linlithgow and also from Far from the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow, 01506 845509.

There may also be tickets available on the evening at the door.