Two years, has it been that long? Time flies when you’re having fun and on Saturday night that’s exactly how it felt. Incredible Edible Ramsbottom’s celebratory Ceilidh was a toe tapping, foot stomping, pulse quickening event. 100+ revellers packed into the Buchanan Street Social Club to do-si-do and skip the night away.
Organiser Pam Smart had laid on the event in part as a celebration of two years of IER existence but also to bring in fresh blood to our horticultural gang. She gave a heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the event and wish all a fantastic night. And by the looks on everyone’s faces the consensus was that Pam provided us all with an evening to remember.
Smiles were in abundance, laughter was a prerequisite and whilst some of the dancing may not have been faultless, the entertainment was huge. The magnificent caller Jean Seymour kept even the rowdiest dancers in check with a firm hand and a quick rebuke if they stepped out of line. However, embarrassing mistakes still followed some around, it appeared to be a case of two left hands as well as two left feet for a few.
A pit stop for food allowed a brief respite for some and refuelling for others before the dizzying final dances. When it all had finished exhaustion reigned, with creaking bodies and aching brains, the only thing that mattered was the joy of it all. This was plain old fashioned fun, Gaelic style.
Once the music had faded and the calling and jigging finally abated, the overwhelming sense of joy was palpable - the unanimous verdict - the sooner another dance can be organised the better. So a toast to Smartie and bring on the band…next time I’d like to try a marmalade sandwich!
PS: All in all this was a wonderful night for our troupe of community action heroes. Owards and upwards for IER in 2012. Next up is the Wassail at the Orchard (Holly Mount) - cider, cross dressing and music is on the agenda here. And for those wanting to learn some new tricks there is the tree grafting session in a few weeks. IER continues to thrive due to the personalities involved and any support – old or new – is invaluable. Keep the message going…I’m off to prepare my toast and cider for the wassail. See you then.