Highland dancers visit Bute for festival this weekend

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MORE than 140 dancers from as far afield as Sanquhar and Islay will converge on Rothesay this Saturday, April 23, for the annual Bute Highland Dance Festival at the Pavilion.

The 2011 festival will include classes for all ages and abilities, and will be judged by Sheila Anderson from Dunoon, Lisa Ferrie from Balfron, and Karen Baird from Hamilton.

The two pipers at Saturday’s event will be Jim and Alistair Prentice, from Dunoon.

Sponsorship, trophies and donations to help with the running of the very costly event have been given this year by the Argyll and Bute Trust, Alan Lilley of Goldcart Ltd, Gordon Scott MBE and Mrs Jean Scott, and by Mrs Sandra Bodys.

A popular addition to the festival programme in recent years, a mass charity Highland fling, will once again take place on Saturday, with the proceeds this time going to the fight against multiple sclerosis.

The dancing begins at the Pavilion at 10.30am and admission is £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions - and don’t miss next week’s issue of The Buteman for a full list of results and pictures of the winning dancers.