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The Rose of Kinnoir

Left to Right: Robert Angus, Jim Morrison, Keith Bowie, Bill Fraser, Derek Mitchell, Bill Chisholm. All dressed up and ready to go!


Photo courtesy of Derek Mitchell

The “baby boomers” (post war youngsters) were growing up fast and were looking for fun and adventure! And what better place to find that in the 1960’s than at the marquee dance!

Despite the occasional dance in the Kinnoir Hall there was no other venue suitable for a decent sized dance so a marquee tent was erected in a field at Hillockhead farm and the dance announced.

The dances were run by the Kinnoir Amenities committee and held to raise funds for the community. They were always mobbed.

The marquee tents were huge and could accommodate lots of dancers dancing on temporary wooden floors that came with the tent.

There was often a theme for the dance and the annual “Rose of Kinnoir” dance at the end of September was eagerly anticipated each year. At this dance, a beauty queen was selected and crowned the “Rose of Kinnoir”. Heats were held on the Friday night and the winner picked at the Saturday night dance.

The winner, as well as being the envy of all the other girls, received a beautiful rose bowl as a prize and held the title for the next year. Read the report from the Huntly Express of 22 July, 1960 here.

Marquee dances were popular across all of the North East of Scotland in the 1960s and provided a release for the pent up energy of the youngsters of the day.

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