This annual event was founded in 1980 and has become one of the largest dance and music in the south of England so it was with some trepidation and a lot of excitement that we all took to the roads early in the morning to be there in good time for our first dance at 11o’clock
We gathered at the Green Man Pub on the edge of the town where we were coupled with Ditchling Morris. It was good for some to meet old friends and others to make new friends and we alternated dances of different styles to the appreciation of the pub audience.
John Bacon, the Squire found out that we did
We then had to retire to the car park in order to prepare a dance for the procession (nothing like being organised) and our Squire, Bob had something in mind. Not surprisingly though, when he asked who would be happy to leap-frog, there was a strange and eerie silence! So… leap-frog free, we devised and practiced a dance in readiness for the afternoon.
this we all headed to the British Legion Club which was to be our next venue.
Borderline Morris from
finished we had to find our way into the town to dance outside the Albion Pub in
the High Street. Our partners for this session were going to be a tough act to
follow though! Pupils from
to the procession to do the car-park-leap-frog-free dance for who knew how long
or far. We danced 13th of 32 sides, between Exmoor Border Morris and
Quayside Cloggies and kept our impromptu dance going for the whole time. It was
quite a spectacle - not only the number and colours of dancers and musicians but
also the encouraging crowds who had turned out in their thousands to watch. So
Our last dance was with Hunters Moon Morris from Eastbourne, and despite some of us being exhausted we remained excited enough to put on a good show for all those still watching, and finished around 5pm.
So.. with sticks, bells and smiles we wandered back to our respective cars for a well deserved sit down and pat on the back! Prior to heading home though, we were all invited to our returning members house for tea, beer and cake – thanks to Paul & Lorraine for finishing the day off so very nicely xx