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Dunphail Dance Band playing Rafford Village Hall St Andrew’s Ceilidh on Saturday, November 25

By Garry McCartney

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Rafford Village Hall.
Rafford Village Hall.

LOCAL villagers are inviting revellers to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint at a dance.

Rafford Village Hall is hosting a St Andrew’s Ceilidh on Saturday, November 25 at 8pm, featuring food, drink and most importantly music - provided by the Dunphail Dance Band.

Hall chairwoman Anne Garrow confirmed 2022’s event was very popular.

“We had a great night last year,” she said.

“The band plays Scottish country dances including ‘Strip the Willow’, ‘Bluebell Polka’, ‘St Bernard’s Waltz’ and ‘Gay Gordon’s’ but they also take requests!”

In 1320, St Andrew became Scotland’s patron saint when independence was declared with The Declaration of Arbroath. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament declared St Andrew’s Day - November 30 - a bank holiday. The St Andrew’s Cross or Saltire is believed to be the oldest flag in Europe. Scotland’s food and drink plays a big part on St Andrew’s Day, the main course being haggis, neeps and tatties.

The Rafford ceilidh will pause at 10pm for lighter refreshments.

“Tea, sausage rolls, sandwiches and home bakes will be provided by our hall friends,” said Ms Garrow. “Dancers bring their own soft drinks etc too.”

A raffle of prizes donated by friends of the hall and committee will take place during the break. The event will finish at around 11.45pm.

Any funds raised will be used for the upkeep of the hall.

Ms Garrow said: “We have a great community spirit in Rafford and district. We would like to thank all of the volunteers who bake, serve teas, sell our raffle tickets etc. And not forgetting our great band - without all of your help we could not have such a great night.”

To book tickets or for more information email raffordvillagehall@gmail.com or for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/RaffordVillageHall.

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