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Dufftown's 50th

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DUFFTOWN'S 50TH (R10x40) 4C (5C set) Gary Coull

1- 8 1M followed by partner casts 1 place, crosses, casts behind 3L+4L and crosses to 4th place own side (partner to 4L place) 2s+3s+4s step up bars 7-8
9-16 2s+3s+4s+1s circle 8H round and back
17-24 2s+3s also 4s+1s dance RH across and LH back
25-32 2s+3s+4s+1s turn RH for 4 bars and LH for 4 bars
33-40 1s cross up between 4s, dance up behind 3s and dance ½ Fig of 8 up round 2s to end in 2nd place own side. 2134
2nd time through end 1s dancing to bottom place

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

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This dance, Dufftown's 50th, was devised by Gary Coull to celebrate the occasion of Dufftown Scottish Country Dance Club's 50th anniversary during the weekend of 11th-13th October 2002.

There is a glowing report of Dufftown Dance Club's 50th anniversary weekend in The Box And Fiddle Archive (December 2002).

The Colin Dewar SDB provided the music for the Friday evening Scottish Country dancing, and Miss Edith Duncan cut the anniversary cake. Miss Duncan was the first Club member- her first subscription of 10/- was paid on 10th October 1952. Until 1982 the class teacher was Sandra French and she also managed to attend the celebrations despite living in Glenrothes.

Dufftown DC's well-known teacher, Jessie Stewart, was at the heart of the celebrations. She had been responsible for the revival of Old Time Dancing at Dufftown in 1989 and so the Saturday night dance (also with Colin Dewar's SDB) had a programme of Old Time dances.

Hebbie Gray composed a tune The Dufftown Twirl and dedicated it to Jessie, and it was used as the original tune for this dance, Dufftown's 50th, written by Gary Coull when he was only 16.

The first two figures of the dance represent the two numerals, five and zero.

Dufftown (pronounced "duff-tun") is a burgh in Moray, Scotland, on the River Fiddich and is the location of several Scotch whisky distilleries.


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