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Global Xchange Volunteers In Caithness

Wick Youth Club Ceilidh With Global Xchange Volunteers
Recently, members of the Wick Youth Club organised a Ceilidh for the 18 Global Exchange team who are staying in the north. Aged between 18 and 27 the team, who are from all over the UK and Bangladesh, are living with host families in the county whilst volunteering with the following organisations: Home Aid, Wellington Enterprises, Wick Youth Club, Pultney Town People's Project, The Ormlie Centre, Haven, Horizons, Wick Family Centre, Stepping Stones, Keiss Primary School, Pultney Town Academy and the Highland Rangers. They have also helped out with various other community projects since August and will be here until December.

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On a cold windy October night with snow showers outside the team were met with a warm welcome in the Youth Club. The evening began with a meal which consisted of haggis, neeps and tatties prepared by the youth club committee and volunteers with various curries prepared by the members of the Global Exchange Team.

The nights entertainment was led by Adie Harper on the accordian along with Grant Lyall on the drums played a selection of traditional Scottish music. There were various Highland Dancing displays performed by members of the youth club. These were performed by Sarah Cormack, Bethany Thompson, Rebecca Patterson, Aivia Harper, Morven Coghill, Leanne Cormack and Kaitlin Gunn.

Traditional Scottish music was also performed by the members of the youth club. Stephanie Harper on accordian played a tune that she had written herself. Scott Cormack played 'Loch Lomond' on Electric guitar, Kaitlin Gunn and Calum Paterson also played the acoustic guitar and Ailish Manson played the tin whistle.

The night was rounded off with some traditional Scottish country dancing. Everyone had a great time dancing the night away. It was a wonderful display of tartan kilts and various colourful sari's . There was even some time at the end of the night for some of the Bangladesh team to give a display of their traditional dances and songs.

The Global Exchange team all said they had a fantastic evening as did the youth club members. Wick Youth Club are grateful and would like to thank everyone who gave their time to make it such a wonderful evening.

Christine Cormack
Wick Youth Club Co-ordinator