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The Mid Sussex Times Tuesday 12th January 1926
Scots at Home at Cuckfield.
A Grand Night in the Queen's Hall
Scots do nothing by halves! At work or at play they are thorough!
Their enthusiasm, their joviality, when among their ain folk, is good to behold.
There is no stiffness, no stand-
The Mid Sussex Caledonian Society, which has in a genial Mr W. E. Mitchell, Jun. A first rate Hon Secretary and Treasurer, is to be warmly congratulated on its social and dance in Queens Hall, Cuckfield, last Friday evening, (8th January 1926).
Everything was admirably arranged, and from start to finish the greatest friendliness and good humour prevailed.
Here let us congratulate the Committee on the Hall's picturesque appearance. The eye was fascinated immediately on entering, the balloons overhead being a striking feature. Those who supervised this work were Mr W. Mackay (Gardener to Lord Denman, Balcombe Place), Mr T. Elder (Gardner to Mr W. E. Tower, Lindfield) Miss F. Mitchell and Mrs A. C. Crosley.
The Promoting Committee was representative of Mid-
The Rev A. H. Boyd and Mr W. Black cordially welcomed the visitors on arrival. The company numbered upwards of 270, and included a party from Kent, and others from Edinburgh, London, and the Isle of Wight. To many it was a real delight to greet once more the old familiar faces. Among the guests were Lieutenant-
The proceedings opened at half-
The Company afterwards settled down to listen to an entertainment consisting chiefly of Scottish songs and dances. Of the vocalists, none gave more pleasure than Mr Anderson Nicol the celebrated Scottish Tenor. He was in magnificent form, and his songs were admirably chosen. Another favourite artiste was Master G. L. Taylor, of London. He gave a sword dance and the Highland Fling, receiving rapturous applause. Popular Mr Crosley, of Lindfield, also won hearty appreciation for a sword dance. Duets were very effectively rendered by the Misses Diplock and Hobbs of Horsted Keynes, while quartettes were sung by the Misses Mitchell and Marion Plummer and Messers Horace Hilton and F. T. Gibbs. The last-
At the conclusion of the entertainment, the Rev A.H.Boyd extended a worm welcome to the visitors. At the outset he said he was sure they would all agree that a large measure of the success of the dance was due to the fact that they had with them the Pipes from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. (Applause). For that pleasure the Committee had to thank Lieutenant-
Someone asked him if it were necessary to have such a Society, as the English and Scots were all one People? `Thank God we are, “added the speaker, but he thought it was of the utmost importance that they of the North should continue to remind themselves of their history. God forbid that they should forget their ancestors` noble struggle for liberty. Their constant anxiety and almost daily warfare had produced a great race, brave, independent, and determined to be free. (Applause). If these characteristics were preserved, they could all do their best as one united people to preserve the safety, liberty and prosperity, not only of their country and the United Kingdom, but to the Empire. (Applause).
The remainder of the evening was spent in dancing.
The Party broke up at two o'clock on Saturday morning with "Auld Lang Syne" and the National Anthem.
Refreshments were served in the Council Chamber by that popular caterer Mr C. P. Holloway, of Burgess Hill.
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