Down Memory Lane


CELEBRATING Hogmanay in style were members of the Border Rustlers.

The Border Rustlers in 1997, led by Pat Proudfoot, left
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The Border Rustlers in 1997, led by Pat Proudfoot, left

The Liddesdale British Legion Line Dancing team helped see in the New Year in the Borders when they appeared in Border TV's Hogmanay Party night from the Assembly Rooms, Selkirk in 1997.

The team began from the classes which were started at Easter that year and after only a couple of months, the teacher was taken ill and it fell to one of the class members to take over.

Pat Proudfoot admits she had been a reluctant line dancer, having been encouraged to attend classes by her mum Doreen Rae. But she had always enjoyed dancing and took to it so quickly that she soon became the leader.

It was a conversation between TV reporter Gilly Fraser and her producer which resulted in the team hitting the big time on TV.

They were looking for dancers for the programme and team member Gilly was quick to suggest that, with line dancing being all the rage, the Border Rustlers were the answer.

Sixteen of the class went along, complete with cowboy boots and hats to Selkirk where they danced the Alamo.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:06AM
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