A Scottish dancing group was so impressed that the iconic Flying Scotsman was marking the end of its centenary year at Locomotion museum in Shildon they appealed for special permission to mark their own 100th anniversary.

In1923 when the Flying Scotsman first took to the tracks, another impressive enterprise was marking a beginning, the formation in Scotland of what at that time was called the Scottish Country Dance Society: later to have the title, Royal, added to the name.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Richmond branch of the Royal Scottish  Country Dance society at Locomotion

In the 100 years since that date the RSCDS has shared the love of traditional dances and culture worldwide and encouraged enthusiasts to add new dances to this living tradition.

One of those dances has been inspired by the famous Flying Scotsman and continues to be popular with dancers of all ages, wherever people gather together to dance. For members of the Richmond branch of the RSCDS, having the engine so close to their home inspired them to request special permission from Locomotion to be able to go along and dance The Flying Scotsman alongside the actual locomotive, marking a double centenary event.

 Joy Bradshaw, of Richmond RSCDS, said: "It was an opportunity too good to miss. The dancing kept us warm, despite the cold wintry conditions and the need for coats, hats and thicker shoes, the ever popular music and the special occasion inspired not only us but also some of the museum visitors who joined in.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Richmond branch of the RSDS

"It was a privilege to be able to mark the occasion as part of our own RSCDS centenary year and we are grateful to Locomotion for allowing us to feature our unique tribute to this very special celebrity of the age of steam."

Visitors have flocked to Locomotion over Christmas to mark the festive season with the famous engine, some enthusiasts even got the chance to stand on the footplate. As the last stop on the engine's centenary tour the specially created film Flying Scotsman: 100 years, 100 voices was also being screened at the museum.

RSCDS is inviting new members and say there are groups around the North East and beyond, anyone who would like to find out more contact www.rscds.org for more information.