A guid New Year to ane and a’

On 31st December 2010 the National Museum of Scotland was filled with the sounds of the accordion, fiddle and drums of the lively Canongate Cadjers Ceilidh band. Certainly a fantastic way to begin the celebrations leading up to the New Year, the band encouraged people of all ages to get into the true spirit of Hogmanay.

Visitors watched from every nook and cranny of the museum, with an estimated audience of between 600-700 people on the day. Many of our visitors, especially the toddlers, donned their tartan kilts and trews to fill Level 1 of the museum with lots of colour.

The audience gathers as the ceilidh begins.
The audience gathers as the ceilidh begins.

From the traditional Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow, visitors took part in the festivities and fun, literally jumping at the chance to try out the iconic Highland fling for themselves.

The Canongate Cadjers
The Canongate Cadjers.

A big thank you goes to all those members of the visitor and support services teams who helped to make this event a great success. On that note I’d just like to wish ‘A guid New Year to ane and a’ and mony may ye see’.

Everyone gets dancing!
Dancing the Gay Gordons.

You can see more photos from the event on Flickr.

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