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Barbara Mayhead

It is with a heavy heart that we heard of the passing this morning of Barbara Mayhead. Barbara will be fondly remembered for her involvement with the PE ladies pipeband as well as her lifelong involvement with the OBHD(SA) as a teacher, adjudicator and more recently as secretary of the ECHO regional committee. We are […]

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Competing Overseas

Gillian O’Leary A History of one South African Dancer Highland dancing has been a part of my life ever since I was born.  My family is essentially Scottish.  My grandmother and her siblings were born in Aberdeen in Scotland, and moved to South Africa after the first World war with the result that most of […]

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SA Dancers Abroad

Millenium Challenge In March 2000, a group of approximately 12 dancers, together with their parents, teachers and supporters, all travelled to Scotland to participate in the Millenium Challenge held in Pitlochry. For many of the dancers, this was their first introduction to dancing on an international stage and the experience was enjoyed by all those […]

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Highland Dancing Memories

I attended my 1st Highland dancing lesson at 4 years old in Cape Town where I danced at every Caledonian Society function and wherever the Cape Town Caledonian Society Pipe Band performed, I was there too. We travelled to Gatherings in Port Elizabeth and East London. Grant & I were married in Cape Town Sept 1965 […]

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Cape Town Dancing

Leslie Clark (dancer / teacher / judge)  Cape Town  – 1928 – 1984 Leslie was born in Cape Town in 1928 into a family heavily involved in the Scottish culture. As soon as he was old enough he joined  his sister Jean, 2 yrs his senior, at dancing classes. They were taught by a teacher […]

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