Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Platinum Strathspey

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THE PLATINUM STRATHSPEY (S3x32) 3C set Margaret Fairgrieve West Lothian 70th Book

1- 8 2s cross RH and cast round 1st corner and dance ½ reels of 3 across (2M+3M, 2L+1L pass LSh) ending in lines across
9-16 2s change places RH, cast round 2nd corner (pstn) and dance ½ reels of 3 on sides ending in 2nd place opposite sides. (3)(2)(1)
17-20 3s cross RH and cast to 3rd place while 2s cross up and cast to 2nd place while 1s lead up, Cross&Cast to 1st place
21-24 All turn 2H to end with 3s in places and 1s+2s in middle ready for...
25-32 1s+2s dance ½ Diamond Poussette, 1s+3s dance ½ Diamond Poussette

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

Dance Notes

13-16 This is a left shoulder half-reel.

17-20 The deviser's instructions say 2s lead up to 1st place and cross and cast; 1s likewise.

Here is the original crib for The Platinum Strathspey, by Margaret Fairgrieve, published in the West Lothian 70 Book (for dances devised by members of West Lothian branch to celebrate their 70th Anniversary in 2006).

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Dance Information

This dance, The Platinum Strathspey, was dedicated to the deviser's husband Crichton and to other dancer friends who celebrated their 70th birthdays (in 2005).

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 'Platinum' is the 70th.

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
70th Birthday
70th Birthday Celebration Cake

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