White Rose Festival

Adult mass dances, the demonstration and the highland dances

Date: 10 July 21 — 10 July 21 | Report this event.

Entrance Price free Per person

Back in the early 1950s Mr Charles Camm had the idea of starting a Festival of Scottish Country Dancing in Leeds.  Mr Camm was the headmaster of a small church school in Kirkstall and had started dancing at the Memorial Hall in Adel where the Leeds Scottish Country Dance Club held their dances.  In 1953 the very first Festival was organised at the City of Leeds Training College at Beckett Park.  Sadly no one is still in the area who attended that year.  It was deemed a success and a second Festival was organised for the following year.  It was a modest affair with adult teams attending to dance on the top half of ‘The Acre’ surrounded by the residential buildings of the Leeds Training College.  The staff at the College set out a row of chairs round the dancing area.  The assembly area was arranged near the main building and the teams, walking in lines of four, were led by the City of Leeds Pipe Band round the dancing area and into their allotted places with the pipe band in the centre.  Traditionally the band played for a shortened version of the Eightsome Reel.

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Event Location: 83 Leeds Rd, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE, UK

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