Our annual autumn Ceilidh took place in the comfortable Beaufort Hotel
, Inverness. The function room was fully occupied by guests and entertainers. They seemed to be invigorated by the arrival of a group of young people wearing kilts, ready to participate in the programme. The "Dashing White Sergeant" and "Strip the Willow" suited them very well. Ours too, spurred on by the youthful enthusiasm. It was the same at the Clan Gathering evening Ceilidhs, July 2005.
During the evening, professional singers sang in two languages - always enjoyable. Dancers in full Highland costume performed skilfully, including the popular "Sword Dance".
Throughout, our loyal M.C. Bill Hamilton, piper and comedian, kept the pace going assisted by the lively accordionist, Sheila Peters.
An agreeable buffet supper break gave everyone an opportunity to move around, join queues, fetch a drink or two and restore lost energy.
Sometime after that, a young schoolgirl made her way forward with her viola and proceeded to play a melody of well known Scottish tunes. There was a distant background humming and some silent timekeeping. "Wild Mountain Thyme" was a pleasing interpretation.
The raffle was a fun interval when Marigold MacRae, our President, greeted everyone, supervised the drawing of tickets and issue of prizes for the lucky ones.
"Auld Lang Syne" had everyone on their feet once more in a crushed and crowded circle, with linked up generations for final farewells. The very young people enjoyed these late night frolics as much as the not-so-young. It took some time for this crowd to disentangle and disperse! A happy evening concluded reluctantly around midnight.
Looking forward to the next one, October 2006. In the meantime, we have the Annual Spring Luncheon and AGM on Saturday 29th April 2006 at Eilean Donan Castle to be going on with.