Iraq trip for Welwyn Garden City dancer

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 August 2013

Helen Macfarlane, Hugh Evans – British Consul General  and Pipe Major Peter Macfarlane of the Scots Guards

Helen Macfarlane, Hugh Evans – British Consul General and Pipe Major Peter Macfarlane of the Scots Guards

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A WELWYN Garden City highland dancer has taken the low road all the way to Iraq.

Helen Macfarlane, a member and teacher at the Reid Scottish Dancers in Oakdale, WGC, spent a weekend in Kurdistan as dignitaries marked the Queen’s birthday celebrations.

She was invited by the British Consulate General in Erbil, Kurdistan, to perform at a reception.

Helen, along with a solo piper from the Scots Guards entertained hundreds of guests, which included ministers and senior officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government, including the Governor of Kirkuk.

The British Ambassador, Simon Collis, attended the event with a small delegation from the British Embassy in Baghdad.

The pool-side party in the hotel gardens was held in 35 to 40 degree heat.

The evening began with Helen dancing for the gathered VIPs as they arrived, followed by a performance after the main speeches and a final performance on the main stage at the end of the evening.

The guests were said to be “delighted” with the highland dancing and the British Consulate-General showed his gratitude and invited Helen to return in the future.

She said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to travel to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Erbil in particular.

“I had a fantastic time mingling, chatting and having photos taken with the people there. I was made to feel incredibly welcome and safe.”


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