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The Ruby Wedding (Clark)

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THE RUBY WEDDING (J4x32) 4C set Pat Clark Corberry Collection 2
2 chords - 2nd chord 3s and 4s cross to opposite side

1- 8 1s+2s and 3s+4s set, dance ½ double Fig of 8 (1s/4s cross down/up, 2s/3s dance up/down to start)
9-16 1s/4s cross RH with partner, cast down/up (2s/3s step up/down); 1s+4s dance RH across
17-20 1L followed by 1M casts up behind 2M, finishing between 2s while 4L followed by 4M casts behind 3M finishing between 3s
21-24 1L followed by 1M dance ½ tandem reel of 3 with 2s (RSh to 2L) while 4s dance similar (RSh to 3L)
25-32 1L followed by 1M dance down Ladies' side and curve into 3rd place own side while 4L followed by 4M dance up men's side and curve into 2nd place own side; all turn partner RH. 24(1)(3)

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

Dance Information

The term "Ruby Wedding" denotes the 40th anniversary of a marriage, serving as a recognition of the enduring commitment between a couple over four decades.

The association with the ruby gemstone signifies the strength and passion inherent in the matrimonial bond that has withstood the test of time. Traditionally, couples celebrating their Ruby Wedding exchange gifts that often feature rubies or red-themed items, symbolizing the resilience and lasting vitality of their union. The choice of the ruby as a symbol aligns with cultural and historical connotations of love and enduring relationships.

Celebrations surrounding the Ruby Wedding typically involve gatherings with family and friends, where well-wishers acknowledge and congratulate the couple on reaching this significant milestone. The occasion serves as a societal acknowledgment of the dedication and longevity inherent in a 40-year marriage, providing an opportunity for reflection on shared experiences and the journey taken together.

Ruby Red
Ruby Red

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

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