A PARTY comprising 25 young people from the Wilma Tolmie school of Highland Dancing recently packed their kilts and dancing pumps and set off for Alden Biesen in Belgium, the scene of the 2011 European Highland Dancing Championships.
With the venue being the park of a fairytale castle once home to a Teutonic order of knights of Crusades fame, the dancers were enthralled by the atmosphere.
An annual event, called the ‘Scottish Weekend’ is held there each year and attracts around 20,000 visitors captivated by all things Scottish including the pipe-band competition: highland dancing; heavyweight field events; ceilidh bands; sheepdog displays; whisky and of course tartan.
The organisers played host this year to the European Championships, the first occasion that this event has taken place in mainland Europe.
The young dancers from the class excelled themselves.
Sisters Isla and Kirstin Mitchelson won individual European Championships, and dancers from the class gained places throughout the championships and graded competitions.
Their success was a tribute to the hard work they had put in over the months prior to the event.
l Our picture shows some of the girls and boys from the dancing school proudly displaying the medals and trophies they brought back.