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PICTURES: Wick dance event raises £1000 for community groups


By Alan Hendry

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Members of the Elise Lyall School of Dance putting on a display in the Assembly Rooms on Saturday. Picture: Alan Hendry
Members of the Elise Lyall School of Dance putting on a display in the Assembly Rooms on Saturday. Picture: Alan Hendry

A demonstration of dancing skills in Wick at the weekend raised £1000 to be divided between two good causes.

The two-hour event was put on by the Elise Lyall School of Dance on Saturday in aid of the World War II memorial garden group and Wick Flowers.

Originally the venue was to have been the memorial garden in Bank Row, but wet weather meant a change of plan and it went ahead in the Assembly Rooms instead.

Thirty dancers took part, performing a variety of routines on stage, with others helping at the many stalls that were set up in the main hall.

Members of Wick RBLS Pipe Band played and Jenny Szyfelbain was the presenter.

“It was a shame we had to take the event indoors but we were delighted with the turnout and everyone who attended was very generous,” Elise said.

“It was quite steady throughout the two hours and those on the stalls said they were kept busy. The dancers were all delighted to perform and there were others helping on the stalls as well.”

Members of the the Elise Lyall School of Dance placing flowers in the World War II memorial garden on Saturday. Picture: Brian Hamilton
Members of the the Elise Lyall School of Dance placing flowers in the World War II memorial garden on Saturday. Picture: Brian Hamilton

Afterwards, some of the dancers walked down to the memorial garden to lay flowers in memory of wartime bombing victims.

The next event for the Elise Lyall School of Dance is on Saturday, August 24, also at the Assembly Rooms, and will be called An Afternoon with Elise Lyall Dancers. Some of the proceeds will go to a local community group, with details to be issued shortly.

“They’re all going to be taking part,” Elise explained. “There will be choreography, traditional, a mix of everything.

“It’s nice for the dancers to get up there and perform and show a wee bit of what they’re doing, all different levels and ages.”

Eve Miller and Abbie Harrold on stage. Picture: Alan Hendry
Eve Miller and Abbie Harrold on stage. Picture: Alan Hendry
Grace Miller, Jamie Mackay and Reese Sutherland at the start of one of their dance routines. Picture: Alan Hendry
Grace Miller, Jamie Mackay and Reese Sutherland at the start of one of their dance routines. Picture: Alan Hendry
Rebecca Sinclair performed a solo dance. Picture: Alan Hendry
Rebecca Sinclair performed a solo dance. Picture: Alan Hendry
Susie Lyall and Megan Sutherland with pipe band members in the background. Picture: Alan Hendry
Susie Lyall and Megan Sutherland with pipe band members in the background. Picture: Alan Hendry
Members of the Elise Lyall School of Dance putting on a display in the Assembly Rooms on Saturday. Picture: Alan Hendry
Members of the Elise Lyall School of Dance putting on a display in the Assembly Rooms on Saturday. Picture: Alan Hendry
Jenny Szyfelbain hosted the fundraising event at the weekend.
Jenny Szyfelbain hosted the fundraising event at the weekend.
Members of Wick RBLS Pipe Band on stage at the Assembly Rooms. Picture: Alan Hendry
Members of Wick RBLS Pipe Band on stage at the Assembly Rooms. Picture: Alan Hendry
Hollie Sinclair dancing at Saturday’s event in the Assembly Rooms. Picture: Alan Hendry
Hollie Sinclair dancing at Saturday’s event in the Assembly Rooms. Picture: Alan Hendry
One of the many popular stalls in the main hall.
One of the many popular stalls in the main hall.
Three-year-old Ben Calder attending Saturday’s event in the Assembly Rooms.
Three-year-old Ben Calder attending Saturday’s event in the Assembly Rooms.
Eve Miller and Abbie Harrold. Picture: Alan Hendry
Eve Miller and Abbie Harrold. Picture: Alan Hendry
Some of Elise Lyall's dancers preparing to place bunches of flowers at the memorial garden in Bank Row. Picture: John Mackenzie
Some of Elise Lyall's dancers preparing to place bunches of flowers at the memorial garden in Bank Row. Picture: John Mackenzie
Some of Elise Lyall's dancers laying flowers at the memorial garden in Bank Row on Saturday. The names of air raid victims are inscribed on individual stones within the drystone wall. Picture: John Mackenzie
Some of Elise Lyall's dancers laying flowers at the memorial garden in Bank Row on Saturday. The names of air raid victims are inscribed on individual stones within the drystone wall. Picture: John Mackenzie

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