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Reel dancing

This page can set the scene for when WW1 and WW2 songs are sung within the context  here .   Although unlikely that any dancing will take place, as many situations as possible are hoped to be accommodated.

The page can apply to the fund-raising and/or publicity situations.

It is also for schools and young people groups interested in WW1 & WW2 events. 

Lydney is in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.  The outline serves as a possible model for similar events in any part of the country.

This page stems from 2006 when I played the bagpipe in WW2 Regimental Highlander Piper uniform. School children in the guise of returning evacuees  with their name-tags and gas masks and they danced reels on the Lydney Dean Forest Railway Station platform. There was a 1940s weekend with lots of re-enactment military vehicles and "services personnel".

I was involved in such a project in Norton Primary, a school near Gloucester. I visited pupils in re-enactment Highland piper uniform and explained the role. I taught them a few reels.    

Here are three photos which capture the spirit of the 1940s weekend reels.  Focus on the children who entered into the spirit of the occasion. They have returned under piper guard from time as evacueees in Scotland.

There may be ways to incorporate reels into the theme of these pages.  I can also visit schools/interest groups to repeat or devise new versions of  what was done via Norton Primary School.  




Wee Tommy Brown (not his real name) has his name-tag round his neck. They are still at the age when boys dance with boys and vice versa.

And from here to the eager arms of their parents! This is reel dancing!

As mentioned elsewhere, I am a re-enactment WW2 Cameron Highlander Piper and have never been a soldier. The "elsewhere" refers to my piping website which needn't detain readers.

Prof Alan Harrison Website author

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