Dancing the Bell Rock Reel

ARBROATH ceilidh dancers side-stepped the affects of last weekend’s poor weather with a dance dedicated to the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

The Bell Rock Reel was performed by the East Angus branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society on Sunday, as part of an impromptu ceilidh.

As part of the Year of the Light celebrations, a scheduled trip out to the Bell Rock Lighthouse was cancelled by bad weather, prompting the dancers to turn a warm-up demonstration into a full blown ceilidh.

Written by former Arbroath resident Jim Crowe, who sadly passed away in May, the Bell Rock Reel was performed by six local couples, and accompanied on the accordion by Frank Thomson.

Group leader Heather Lockhart said the choice of dance was a lucky accident: “When planning this event, I came across The Bell Rock Reel on a list of dance cribsheets and, of course, it had to go on the programme.

“The Bell Rock Reel was written by Jim Crowe, who was born in Arbroath but left the area many years ago, and we agreed that it would be wonderful to dance this reel at the Bell Rock Lighthouse.”

“The reel was one of the first dances Jim devised and when his wife told him our plans to dance it at the Bell Rock, he was very pleased.”