It’s been 102 days since we (Heather, Tony, Helen and Roger) hitched up our wagons and headed west via Darwin. Our wagon train reached Geraldton in the Wild West on Friday26th August so we formed up in a circle just in case the locals were hostile. There were no yelps or flaming arrows so we ventured out to the Friendly Squares Square Dance Club and found they really did live up to their name. The natives there were very friendly and welcomed us with open arms. Anne and Alan Tuckfield from Wild Frontier also danced at Friendly Squares when they had their Christmas in July party and said they really enjoyed themselves.
It was their regular Friday night dance BUT guess what? The club caller David Gibson was off doing something else (callers really are a law unto themselves aren’t they Jeff). Dave’s wife Margaret remained in Geraldton and gave us all a very warm welcome (once a gain like so many callers Dave had left his wife at home). The club is a nice small compact group and we only managed two squares, with a few sitting out, but hey, “quality always beats quantity”.
Two Squares Up (As usual click on pictures to enlarge click again to make even bigger)
Surprisingly, with the club caller in greener pastures, the club still managed five callers for the night, we danced to calls from Maxine, Beth, Allan, Peter and Margaret, obviously David encourages his dancers to participate all the way which is fantastic. They all said they were not really callers BUT we have danced to so-called “callers” who are not as good as these “amateurs”. Margaret has a voice similar to Chrissy Bennet from Silver Spurs Square Dance Club in Barnstaple, England (she called at our club on a few occasions last year) she even sang a couple of calls that Chrissy gave us when she was here.
This was the first time we had square danced since the Darwin Convention, this is the furthest square dance North of Perth, they don’t square dance any further north than here. One of the dancers, Deanne (we hope that’s how you spell your name), hails from England and visits Australia every winter (she really must like the cold having two winter’s each year). She has been learning to square dance at Friendly Squares for six months now and also visits her mother in Adelaide, so we expect to see her at Wild Frontier sometime in the future (next winter?).
Walk Around Your Corner
We all gathered for a group photo, and then at the end of the evening participated in a lovely supper, there is a commercial kitchen at the hall so we had some hot food as well. As a lovely gesture, we were all presented with Friendly Squares memento badges (I guess we must have danced OK), and departed to our wagons happy and contented.
A Good Looking Bunch Of Square Dancers