On Sunday the 10th of November, from 1pm to 4pm, 45 Clan Donald Auckland members attended the Ceilidh at the Point Chevalier R.S.A.
It was a great and very successful afternoon, and at one stage, with the Balmoral Highland Dancers, the Ceilidh Band, pipers and some parents there was well over 70 people enjoying themselves.
The Ceilidh Band, consisting of fiddles, accordions, keyboards, strings and drums played fantastic music for the dancing and singing. We were very lucky to have two extremely talented callers for the country- dances. These were Heather Laird and Jennifer Dean and the dances were the well known Cassien Circle, St Bernards Waltz, the Dashing White Sergeant as well as many more, and with such excellent dance calling they were enjoyed by both the experienced dancers and the novice dancers alike.
Clan members and friends, enjoying the Country Dancing.
The Balmoral Dancers entertained us with two sets of Highland Dancing. The Balmoral Dancers have been regular performers at many of the Clan Donald Auckland events, and it is always a joy to see them give such a high standard of Highland Dancing.
The Balmoral Dancers performing the Highland Fling.
Jennifer Dean’s sons Cameron and Lachlan gave us some excellent piping and drumming.
From the left: Lachlan Dean and Cameron Dean, drummer and piper, entertaining with some wonderful playing.
Malcolm Campbell, and although a Campbell is still a great friend of Clan Donald Auckland, entertained us with singing some wonderful Scottish love songs and traditional ballads. He then led a sing along which included the unofficial Scottish Anthem “The Flower of Scotland” and the favourite song “Scotland the Brave.”
Malcolm Campbell singing some wonderful Scottish love songs and traditional ballads.
The afternoon finished off with afternoon tea, a medley by the Ceilidh Band and Barbara Hawthorn’s rendition of the Robbie Burn’s poem “A Man’s A Man For A’ That.”
The Ceilidh Band playing a medley at the end of the afternoon.
Everyone then joined in with Auld Lang Syne to bring the afternoon to a close.