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The Bell Rock Reel

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THE BELL ROCK REEL (R8x40) 3C (4C set) James Crowe

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, 1s turn RH 1½ times into prom hold facing 2L
9-16 1s set to 2L and set to 3L, 1M dances LH across with 2L+3L while 1L dances RH across with 2M+3M and 1s end facing 3M
17-24 1s set to 3M and set to 2M, Men dance LH across while Ladies dance RH across and 1s end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass LSh and dance ½ reel with 2nd corners 1s pass LSh to own sides 2nd places
33-40 1s dance diagonal R&L

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The Bell Rock Lighthouse, off the coast of Angus, Scotland, is the world's oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse.

It was built between 1807 and 1810 by Robert Stevenson on the Bell Rock (also known as the infamous Inchcape reef) in the North Sea, 11 miles (18 km) from Arbroath, east of the Firth of Tay.

At high water the Inchcape reef is hidden about 12 foot below the water level, at low water it is 4 foot above the sea.

Standing 35 metres (115 ft) tall, The light from the Bell Rock Lighthouse is visible from 35 miles (56 km) inland.

Bell Rock Lighthouse Image
Bell Rock Lighthouse

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