Oban line dancers get in step for fundraiser

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

Line dancers in Oban are dust­ing off stet­sons and pol­ish­ing rhine­stones ready for a foot­stompin’ fundraiser on Mull.

When Jean Drum­mond read about plans for the Marie Curie dances on the is­land later this month, she got in touch with old pals from a line danc­ing group that used to meet reg­u­larly in the town to see if they wanted to go.

She got a big yes but folk were a lit­tle wor­ried their moves had gone a bit rusty.

Mrs Drum­mond got in touch with Roger Pendle­bury, who was or­gan­is­ing the char­ity dances, to see if he could help and he got on board – lit­er­ally. To get them back in line, he agreed to travel over to Oban by ferry for three Wed­nes­days in the run-up to the line-dance ceilidhs to put on re­fresher classes.

Roger, who is also run­ning taster ses­sions in Bunes­san, Craignure and Der­vaig with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Marie Curie, has years of teach­ing tucked un­der his cow­boy belt.

He hopes the dances, com­ing up at Bunes­san Vil­lage Hall on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 25 from 7.30pm and at Aros Hall in Tober­mory on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27 also at 7.30pm, will raise more than £1,500.

Tick­ets are on sale now from Tackle & Books, Tober­mory Phar­macy, Bunes­san and Pen­nyghael Post Of­fices and Fion­nphort ferry shop.

Roger is also look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing friends from the Manch­ester Prairie Dogs, the only all-in­clu­sive les­bian and gay line danc­ing group in the UK, whom he used to teach and dance with.

Money for Marie Curie will stay on the is­land to help with the char­ity’s work, he said.

‘We’re hop­ing lots of peo­ple will join us at the ceilidhs to raise as much money as we can for Marie Curie. Non­dancers are just as wel­come.’

Roger Pendle­bury puts the Oban line dancers through their heel-slap­ping paces.

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