July 2017 visit from Hembygdsgillet from Malmö, Sweden

On the evening of Tuesday 4th July, 19 dancers and musicians from the group, Hembygdsgillet from Malmö, Sweden arrived at Ronaldsway Airport, to be welcomed by their hosts from the Manx Folk Dance Society (MFDS) and taken to their homes.

 

As Wednesday 5th July was Tynwald Day, in pleasant weather, both groups headed off very early for MFDS to dance as usual on Front Green, at Tynwald, St Johns, before the arrival of the Governor. After a picnic lunch, at about 2.30pm, Hembygdsgillet danced for 30 minutes on the limited space on the stage at the Global Village in the Arboretum, St Johns.

In the Arboretum for the Global Village entertainment

In the Arboretum for the Global Village entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A visit to the Wild Life Park was made on Thursday 6th July. Everyone arrived at about 11.30am, for a wander around the park in small groups. It was a gloriously sunny day and lunch was eaten at the Café, mainly sitting outside, enjoying the surroundings. After watching some of the animals being fed, everyone went home to get changed.

Penguin feeding time

Penguin feeding time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later they had a meal at the ‘Italian Job’, before both groups took part in a most entertaining and enjoyable Arts Council Concert in the Villa Arcade between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, along with the Gaelic Choir, Cliogaree Twoaie.

Villa Arcade

Villa Arcade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At 11.00am on Friday 7th July, Hembygdsgillet and the MFDS, busked by dancing in Regent Street, Douglas, to an interested and fascinated but transient audience. Again it was back home for some to get changed out of costume, while others went for a picnic/sandwiches on the Promenade, before the Musicians and younger visitor visited a local School, while the rest visited the Manx Museum, or went sight-seeing.

In Regent Street, Douglas

In Regent Street, Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That evening a Music Session was held at the Crosby Pub.

 

Saturday 8th July was a relaxing day, with a morning visit to Laxey, where some impromptu dancing took place on the Electric Tram Station, near the Church, with visits to the Tynwald Mills and some of the churches taking part in the Flower Festival. A Farewell Party was held at Onchan Parish Hall during the evening with a ‘fish and Chip’ style supper, with Coffee and Cake a little later. There was an exchange of gifts, along with thanks to everyone involved in making the visit such a success, especially the dancers and musicians as well as the hosts and helpers. The invitation for 10 MFDS members to visit Hembygdsgillet for their 100th Anniversary next year was re-issued.

Both groups boarded early Steam Trains to Ballasalla on Sunday 9th July, where they had a wonderfully leisurely visit to Rushen Abbey, again in glorious sunshine. Most had their picnic there in the grounds before going to the Sound Café to enjoy the views and Coffee, before going up the road to see Cregneash. Then it was home for an evening meal and to pack.

Arriving in Ballasalla by Steam Train

Arriving in Ballasalla by Steam Train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hembygdsgillet Folk Dancers and Musicians departed early on Monday 10th July for an early flight to Gatwick, before their flight to Copenhagen and train back to Malmö, tired, but happy after enjoying a few busy days with their Manx friends.

Saying Goodbye at the Airport

Saying Goodbye at the Airport