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The Ferry Louper

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THE FERRY LOUPER (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring 24 G and S dances

1- 8 1s+2s+3s chase clockwise to places
9-16 1s+2s dance RH across and LH back
17-24 1s cast below 3s, dance up to top and cast to 2nd place
25-32 2s+1s+3s advance and retire and turn partner RH

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

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Orkney (also known as the Orkney Islands) is an archipelago in northern Scotland, situated 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness. Orkney comprises approximately 70 islands of which 20 are inhabited.

Native Orcadians refer to the non-native residents of the islands as "ferry loupers", a term that has been in use for nearly two centuries at least.

This designation is celebrated in the Orkney Trout Fishing Association's "Ferryloupers Trophy", suggesting that although it can be used in a derogatory manner, it is more often used as a light-hearted expression.

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Some Ferry Loupers

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