In place of the previously scheduled Combined Societies dance on 10 April 2021, we had an online ‘Spring from Home’ event, a joint venture from the London Highland Club, St Columba’s Dancers and London Branch.
The event began with a minutes’ silence in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh who had died the previous day. As for the London Branch Burns Night at Home, ‘Spring from Home’ featured music, dance, poetry, quizzes, competitions and plenty of online chat.
Items included some vintage dances as well as music from Ian and Meryl Thomson and from Craigellachie. Jim Cook provided a spring themed quiz and there was poetry from Valerie Strachan and Willie Lawrence, history from Rachel Wilton and Meryl Thomson, a song from Frances Bright, and, perhaps most important of all, dance recaps from Pat Davoll, Peter Forrow and Murrough Landon to make sure that we all had the chance to dance.
To see the videos which were part of the online event, go to the Spring from Home playlist on our YouTube channel
Welcome: Rachel Wilton
MC: Simon Wales
London Pride – History: Peter Knight – Song: Noel Coward – Dance: Edinburgh Scottish Dancers 2017
Quiz Round 1 Jim Cook
Lamb Skinnet – Recap: Pat Davoll – Music: Meryl & Ian Thomson
Village Maid – Dance Catriona Bennett
Bluebell Polka – Song: Frances Bright – Dance: Step We Ceilidh
Quiz Round 2 Jim Cook
Flowers of the West – Dance London demonstration team 1995
Spring in Cromar by Sheena Blackhall – Poem Willie Lawrence
All in the April Evening’ by Hugh Roberton sung by Jeremy, Grace, Josh and Zoe Hill
Up in the Air – Recap: Murrough Landon – Music: Meryl & Ian Thomson
Quiz Round 3 Jim Cook
Joie de Vivre – Dance London demonstration team 1998
Fresh Air and Fun by Pat Batt – Poem: Valerie Strachan
The Narcissus – History Meryl Thomson – Music Meryl and Ian Thomson
Quiz Round 4 Jim Cook
Flowers of Edinburgh – Recap: Peter Forrow – Music: Meryl & Ian Thomson
Closing thanks Jim Cook
Auld Lang Syne and polka Craigellachie