Scots in London Ceilidh brings diaspora and dancers together

London’s Scottish diaspora and Ceilidh dancing community came together on Saturday 9 March for Scots in London’s inaugural Ceilidh, held at St Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge.

Opened by the rousing sounds of the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment, guests enjoyed taking part in a wide range of Ceilidh dances with live music provided by the Caledonian Reelers, as well as performances from CÒisir Lunnainn – the London Gaelic Choir, highland dancing with the Tartan Thistle Dancers, and poetry from The Burns Club of London.

To finish the evening guests and performers came together for an uplifting sing-along with TV icon and tradition singer Isla St Clair. Isla treated the audience to a wide range of iconic Scottish songs, including ‘Ally Bally Bee’, ‘Loch Lomond’ and ‘Ye Canny Shove Yer Grannie’. The songs invoked fond memories for the audience and showcased the widespread popularity of these traditional Scottish ballads and children’s songs.

The event was organised by Scots in London, an umbrella organisation for Scottish cultural societies, sports clubs, alumni groups, charities, churches and the Scottish military in London. To find out more check out the website at www.scotsinlondon.org

Scots in London thanks all the organisations and individuals that supported the event, including James Fairbairn for acting as caller, St Columba’s Church, ScotsCare volunteers, Tartan Thistle Dancers, The Burns Club of London and CÒisir Lunnainn. The Scots in London mission is to ‘bring people together’ and the Ceilidh was a joyous event that did just that.

About Scots in London

Scots in London is the umbrella organisation for Scottish cultural societies, sports clubs, alumni groups, charities, churches and the Scottish military in London.

Their mission is to co-ordinate their members’ events, promoting Scottish heritage and culture in the London area, and to support relevant charities, as well as running events of their own.

Scots in London was founded by a dozen London-based Scottish organisations in 2016, to plan and co-ordinate events commemorating Armistice100, which also led to the publishing of the book Scots in Great War London. HRH the Princess Royal has been our Patron from the outset.

For any enquiries to Scots in London please contact:

www.scotsinlondon.org

events@scotsinlondon.org

 Press Enquiries Contact

Jennifer Rowland, Events and Communications Coordinator

jr@scotsinlondon.org

07720  301470

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