2013 Bute Highland Dance Festival

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Dancers from the length and breadth of the country will be descending on Bute next weekend (Saturday, April 27) for the annual Bute Highland Dance Festival.

This year’s event - organised by local dance teacher Anne McIlroy - will welcome adjudicators Lisa Ferrie from Balfron, Victor Wesley from Skelmorlie and Nicola Glover from Alexandria.

Pipers Daniel McDermott from Rothesay and Colin Prentice from Dunoon, will also be making a welcome return to the festival.

Competitors as young as four have registered to take part in this year’s event, and with the closing time for entries on Saturday (April 20), it looks set to be a bumper weekend.

The ever-popular ‘Mass Charity Highland Fling’ will be returning, and this year’s proceeds will be split between two local sporting groups - Bute Youth Football Coaching and Bute Junior Shinty.

For the first year ever, the festival will include a ‘Best Dressed Dancer in National Costume’ competition, with two new trophies - one for the morning session and one for the afternoon - which have been kindly donated by judge Victor Wesley.

Dancers will be able to enter this competition on the day.

The festival begins at the Pavilion at 10.30am and admission is £3 for adults, £2 for children and concessions; programmes will also available at a cost of £1.50.