Nelson Leader : September 26th 2013
32 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 NEWS In Your Time of Loss... Let our friendly, caring team take care of you and your loved one Serving all the regions of Nelson, Richmond, Waimea, Tasman, Motueka, Golden Bay 164 TAHUNANUI DRIVE, NELSON Prepaid and Pre-planned packages available. Call in and see our friendly staff for advice Phone 546 5700 Anna, Bev, Andrea, Sharlene, Carl and Alastair. 5575346AA CLOSING DOWN SALE 25% - 40% off Everything must go 295 Trafalgar Street Nelson 5651582AA FISH COMPOST Bay Landscapes & Garden for all your landscape supplies OPEN 7 DAYS • EFTPOS Bateup Road, Richmond Ph/Fax 544-2076 ENTRANCE THROUGH BAY NURSERIES NOW AVAILABLE NEW SEED POTATOES & KINGS SEEDS Brightwater Richmond Bateup Road Motueka WE ARE HERE 5651573AA Combined performance: Members of the Richmond and Celtic pipe bands joined forces on stage at Saturday's ceilidh. Scots let their hair down Cutting edge: Steve Clark addresses the haggis. Smooth performers: Dancers from Helen Gilchrist's Highland Dancers entertain the crowd: Jorja Quinn, 5, Lucy Palmer 12, Takoda Cross 4, Holly Webster 15 and Lana Clarke 6 with a dance specially choreographed for Braveheart -- The Concert Dancing for William. By ALAN CLARKE Germany in sight It might look a challenging word but last Saturday's ceilidh meant a whole lot of fun for some 300 people and a boost in funds for the Stoke-based Celtic Pipe Band. It was the fifth annual Scottish cele- bration organised by the band and other Scots' enthusiasts. Numbers keep growing says pipe major Bryce Gilchrist. The band was formed in 2008 and is now fully competitive in national events. Two years ago, it won grade four at only its second outing at the nationals and this year it finished a creditable third in grade three. The fundraising is important, as the band has accepted an invitation to play in Germany in a few months. Seventeen members are off in January to play at the Musikparade festival. The New Zealand Highland Dance Company (17 dancers) will also perform with the Celtic band in Germany, with eight performances in seven cities. The band is on a mission to strengthen pipe banding in the top of the south, with the national championships scheduled to be held in Nelson in 2015. It has recently formed an alliance with the Richmond Pipe Band. Mr Gilchrist says it has been going for many years, but has been struggling for a very long time and back in May members approached Celtic asking for help. We got involved with them six weeks ago and are now mentoring their band. The relationship is only new but looks really positive. As Celtic has progressed and is now playing at top grade three level, it is harder and takes longer for learner players to develop and play in the com- petitive team. The Richmond/Celtic alliance provides an opportunity for learners to be taught banding skills and play with the Rich- mond team under the management of Celtic, before stepping up into the compe- tition Corps. Richmond also provides a place for the more recreational players to have a tune and enjoy banding. A win-win for everyone.'' As a sign of the new alliance, members of Richmond joined Celtic on stage for a bracket of songs. It was the first time they had appeared in public. The ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee, so not challenging at all) was not just about bagpipes and drums however. Members of Helen Gilchrist's Scottish dancing troup performed. Then Steve Clark gave a highly enter- taining performance in addressing the haggis before a super supper was served. And for most of the crowd, the oppor- tunity to let their hair down and dance their feet off, with a series of gay gordons, other old time dances and even a world first'' dance themed on America's Cup yachting was the heart-warming, and pounding, highlight.
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