Hororata Ceilidh fun for all

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Around 100 people gathered at the Hororata Hall recently for a very special Ceilidh, a social event with Scottish music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.

Kirwee Players is in its 41st year and this year’s production is bound to set people’s hearts racing and parental guidance may be needed.

The Hororata event was put on with the support of the Hororata Community Trust. 

Leading the way was former Hororata local, and internationally renowned Ceilidh caller, Colin Forsyth, who was visiting from Scotland.

“Our aim for this Ceilidh was to create a very special atmosphere where young, old, neighbour, stranger and everyone in between could join together for some good old fashioned fun,” said one of the organisers, Tish Ballagh.

“The very nature of a Ceilidh means you meet everyone as you change partners during dances, and everyone spent time on the dance floor thanks to Colin’s encouragement.

“The Hororata Community Trust aims to bring people together and this Ceilidh certainly did that. Everyone left with sore feet and a smile.”

The evening included entertainment from dancers from the Julie Hawk School of Dance and the pipers and drummers from the St Andrews’ College Pipe Band. There was also a haggis ceremony, which included Mr Forsyth’s rendition of Robert Burns ‘Ode to the Haggis’. A traditional Scottish meal followed with haggis, neeps and tatties, oatcakes, oatie biscuits and salmon.