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Manchester Branch started 2010, our Diamond Jubilee Year with our 75th Anniversary Ball on 30th January at Hyde Town Hall. One hundred and eleven people helped us celebrate this important milestone in the history of Manchester Branch and thoroughly enjoyed themselves dancing to Colin Dewar’s Band. The Branch was delighted to welcome RSCDS President Alex Gray, his wife Kate and Joan Heneghan our Honorary Vice President as our guests. We had a celebratory cake which was cut by Alex Grey and Joan Heneghan. It was made with our branch emblem that Eileen Trenell had designed many years ago. We also produced a ball programme containing a short history of the early history of the branch.


The Manchester Branch 75th Anniversary Ball
Cutting the Anniversary cake

Commemorative Book


A commemorative booklet including a collection of dances has been published to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Branch in 2010. The teachers and members of our Tuesday and Wednesday classes wrote the dances. Our musicians, John Trigg and Ishbel Saxon composed the tunes and Barbara Doyle helped in arranging the music for the dances. All the dances and tunes have a "tale to tell" about the Manchester Branch. Available from Helen Freer (see contacts) £2 + p&p.

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The Manchester Branch 80th Anniversary Dance

The Manchester Branch is the second oldest branch outwith Scotland and in 2015 the branch celebrated its 80th Anniversary.

The highlight of the year as an Anniversary Dance held in Eccles Town Hall in May.  This was attended by many members of the branch, including some life members, as well as members from surrounding branches. 

The programme consisted of well-known dances and two “home-grown” dances, Val’s Juniper Strathspey (written by Branch Chairman Helen Freer) and Grey Cairns of Camster (written by Branch Secretary Rob Kinnon-Brettle).   The music was excellently provided by Luke Brady& his band, which added to the great atmosphere of the night.

A special cake was prepared for the occasion, and was cut by Branch Chairman Helen Freer and life member Johnny Gibb.

Spring Fling 2013