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    Boys from the Pringle Centre and members of the Folk Group, travelled to St George’s on Monday afternoon for lunch and an afternoon of celebrating the Bard. The afternoon began with some Scottish Country Dancing, and once everyone had steadied their nerves, they soon got the hang of The Gay Gordons and The Virginia Reel.

    Lunch was announced, and Fraser ably piped in the haggis, whereupon it was suitably addressed by girls from St George’s and Merchiston boys; Ahmed and Joel. A selection of food was available, but it was lovely to see most boys choosing the haggis, neeps and tatties on offer. After everyone had finished eating we were treated to two rousing toasts; one to the lassies and the other to the laddies.

    The afternoon continued with music and poetry delivered with confidence by all who took part. Our time together ended in the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne, and votes of thanks were appreciated by the staff, who had spent several weeks preparing and rehearsing to provide the entertainment.

    We look forward to welcoming the girls to Merchiston again soon, and indeed returning for another ceilidh at the end of this term.

    Megan White