COUNTRY dancers will be celebrating half a century of jigging in kilts this weekend.
It is five decades since a group of women, frustrated at the Chester Caledonian Association’s men-only policy, decided to set up their own organisation.
More than 100 people from across the North West and North Wales are expected at Chester Scottish Country Dancing Society’s 50th birthday bash tomorrow at Bromborough Civic Hall.
The secretary of the Caledonian Association will be attending to recount the groups’ shared history and George Meikle and the Lothian Band will be playing accordion music, backed with an organ and drums. A bar and food will keep dancers entertained until 11.15pm.
Society president Brian Knight said: “Keen dancers mustn't drink too much alcohol because it can dry you out. Most men wear a full kilt ,while women wear tartan dresses or formal evening wear.”
The society has 38 members who meet every Wednesday evening at the Hammond School, Hoole Bank, Mannings Lane.
Brian said: “We welcome all new members. The first night is free so you can see if you enjoy it.
“Nobody needs to bring a partner. Anyone who wants to dance can be paired up.
“It’s good for the body and good for the mind. And obviously it’s fun as well!”
Details from Brian on: 01244 300491.