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Carrick Castles

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CARRICK CASTLES (S3x32) 9 Persons Penny Gay Falmouth White Heather 30th Anniv
9 Dancers in triangular formation, 1 Man with 2 Ladies per side of triangle

1- 8 All set, Men petronella turn to face partners (Ladies continue to set) and circle 3H round to left
9-16 Men dance RH across and LH back in centre while Ladies cross RH, turn next Lady LH once round, cross RH back to place
17-24 All set, Ladies make arch and Men dance under and face in, Men set Highland Schottische while Ladies chase ⅔ clockwise to new partner
25-32 Men dance RSh reels of 3 with new partners, RSh to Lady on right to start

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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This dance, Carrick Castles, was devised by Penny Gay to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Falmouth White Heather Club in 1991.

Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle are artillery forts constructed by Henry VIII near Falmouth, Cornwall, England between 1540 and 1542.

They formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire, and defended the Carrick Roads waterway at the mouth of the River Fal.

Falmouth is a town, civil parish and port on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England.

Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle

St Mawes Castle
St Mawes Castle


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Text from this original St Mawes Castle article on Wikipedia.
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