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The Diamond Celebration (Willitt)

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THE DIAMOND CELEBRATION (S4x40) 4C set Edward (Ted) Willitt Bishops Stortford Caledonian Soc

1- 8 1s and 3s dance Inveran reels with 2s (1s cross down with 3s dancing in and crossing up)
9-16 1s lead down to 4th place as 2s+3s+4s set and dance up 1 place, 2s+3s also 4s+1s circle left
17-24 2s and 4s dance Inveran reels with 3s (2s cross down with 4s dancing in and crossing up)
25-32 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance double Fig of 8 (2s cross down and 1s cross up to start)
33-40 All circle 8H round and back

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

The Diamond Celebration Strathspey 4x40 E Willitt

1-8 First 3 couples dance Inveran reels (To start 1st couple cross down, 2nd couple dance up, 3rd couple dance in and cross up)
i.e. 1st and 2nd men with 3rd lady dance through 1st man's and 3rd Lady's places while 1st and 2nd ladies with 3rd man dance through 1st lady's and 3rd man's places.
9-12 1st couple dance down to 4th place while 2nd 3rd 4th couple set and dance up 1 place.
13-16 2nd with 3rd and 4th with 1st couple circle to the left
17-24 2nd, 3rd, 4th couple dance inveran reels as bars 1-8.
25-32 Double figures of eight. 2nd with 3rd and 4th with 1st couple
(To start 2nd couple cross down, 3rd couple dance up while 1st couple cross up and 4th couple dance down)
33-40 Circle eight hands round and back.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, E Willitt, Bishops Stortford Caledonian Society, January 2007)

Dance Information

Also see the dance Diamond Celebration (Cook) by Isobel Cook.
Also see the dance The Diamond Celebration (Tucker) by D Tucker.

This strathspey, Diamond Celebration, was written to mark the Diamond Wedding (60th) of HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in November 2007 and coincidentally the diamond celebration of the Bishops Stortford Caledonian Society. It is traditional on wedding anniversaries to give your partner (or couples) a gift that symbolises the particular anniversary. These gifts are made of different materials for each wedding anniversary.

The wedding anniversary associated with the material 'Diamond' is the 60th.

Here is a list of the materials associated with traditional anniversary gifts in the UK for the various years.

1st    Cotton11th   Scent30th   Pearl
2nd   Paper12th   Silk and Fine Linen35th   Coral
3rd    Leather13th   Barometer40th   Ruby
4th    Fruit and Flower14th   Clock45th   Sapphire
5th    Wooden15th   Crystal50th   Gold
6th    Sugar16th   Holloware55th   Emerald
7th    Woollen18th   Coloured Gems60th   Diamond
8th    Salt, Pottery19th   Furniture65th   Blue Sapphire
9th    Copper20th   China70th   Platinum
10th  Tin, coal25th   Silver75th   Diamond
80th   Oak
HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
HM Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip - 2007

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