We toured from London north to my hometown, Blackpoool and up to Scotland. We went on a ferry from London cliffs of Dover to France. Filled up Caneith wine and came back on ferry; no sleep that night LOL. We just made it to an event exhausted. Sandy said it was best I ever taught. It was a great success down south before we went up North.
I lived in England for first 27 years of my life but never went to Scotland till I went in this tour as an American teacher. I loved Scotland and the people welcomed me with open arms. I did a guest appearance at an event, I was not booked for, it was a more famous instructor event. Hillbilly Rick, who kindly gave up his room at hotel and a slot to teach at the event.
It was fantastic but in those days; I was dressed head to toe Country Cowboy boots, Stetson, dress shirts, bolo tie, denim jeans. They had a heat wave and the venue had no Air Conditioning, i never sweated so much. we went outside dancing at one point to cool off. I taught a dance that had just come out in the states called “Got To Be Funky “. It was a hit over there long after we left,
Unfortunately, it was on this trip that George’s knee gave in and he was unable to walk. I had to leave him at my brother’s home in Blackpool when we went on with our tour in Scotland. We did go back for him though before returning to States. That was the end of George’s 2 stepping although he could walk; he opted not to have knee replacement due to his diabetes and circulation issues Myopathy that he gave up dancing.
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