10th June 2014
A ‘Flashmob’ of MSPs, footballers and fans, anti-sectarian campaigners and schoolchildren from across Scotland’s have teamed up with a pair of dancing clergymen for a new film aimed at building bridges between communities.
‘A Bridge Too Far’ features the ‘Shoes Brothers’ alter-egos of Church of Scotland Minister Rev Neil Urquhart and Catholic Priest Fr Willie Boyd from Irvine and features there often hilarious efforts to encourage people to join together to perform a unique dance celebrating religious and cultural difference. It’s the third ‘Shoes Brothers’ film made by the clergymen who have been colleagues for nearly 20 years and to date over 10,000 people have viewed their films online. The third film received funding from the Glasgow based Sense over Sectarianism partnership and features cameos from several Glasgow MSPs.
The duo have been touring schools encouraging people to ‘join in’ with their efforts to stamp up bigotry and now the dancing duo will be seen by even more people after leading anti-sectarian group Nil by Mouth agreed to distribute hundreds of copies of the film and education pack to schools and youth projects across Glasgow and west central Scotland. The partnership was announced to MSPs at Holyrood at an event sponsored by Glasgow MSP and ‘Bridge Too Far’ cameo start Anne McTaggart.
The full video can be viewed here:
Speaking about the project Rev Neil Urqhart said:
‘We are delighted by the feedback we have received from the film and really pleased that it will now be available to more people. Willie and I have been friends for nearly 20 years and in schools we hope to speak to children who aren’t yet caught up in the divide and show them what can be achieved by joining in. It’s all about respecting differences, building bridges and celebrating community and the much we have in common not least the ability to laugh at ourselves.’
Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘The ‘Shoes Brothers’ films are certainly the best we have ever seen about tackling sectarianism and embracing difference. The ‘Brothers’ deliver a simple yet powerful message; we get more when we join in with others and we are honoured to make their pack more widely available.
Anne McTaggart MSP added:
‘Sectarianism is something we can defeat in a generation if we are all brave enough to follow the Shoes Brothers example and focus our energy on building bridges not barriers between people. The dance proved to be a smash hit here at Holyrood and I would encourage more people throughout Glasgow to become involved.’