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European union to mark Norwich Morris dancers’ anniversary

Kemp's Men Morris Group at Norwich Station. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Kemp's Men Morris Group at Norwich Station. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

The United Kingdom might be turning its back on the European Union, but a group of Norfolk Morris dancers this weekend celebrated a major milestone with continental counterparts.

The Spätlese dance and folklore group from Germany join the Kemp's Men Morris Group at Norwich Station. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Spätlese dance and folklore group from Germany join the Kemp's Men Morris Group at Norwich Station. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Morris group Kemp’s Men decided to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their formation by joining forces with a visiting company - the Spätlese dance and folklore group from the village of Winningen in western Germany.

The colourful groups danced at Norwich railway station yesterday morning before catching a train to Cromer for more celebrations around the seaside town.

They were back in Norwich today for performances at the Bishop’s Garden, which held an open day, in support of the Norfolk Lymphoma Group.

And tomorrow, the two groups are set for a lunchtime performance in Walberswick and afternoon dances in Southwold.

Peter Mayne, from Kemp’s Men, said the long term friendship between the two dance sides was forged through Norwich being twinned with the German city of Koblenz and the personal encouragement of Waltraud Jarrold.

Mrs Jarrold, MBE, who hails from Winningen, is president of the Norfolk and Norwich Koblenz Friendship Association.

Mr Mayne said: “This is a big birthday for Kemp’s and what better way to enjoy this than dancing and making merry with our guests?”

Norwich voted remain in the recent referendum and Mr Mayne said it was appropriate a celebration involving English and German dancers should start there - with Dutch train company Abellio then taking them to Cromer.

He said: “In our fine city which recently voted ‘remain’, we saw the very best of European cooperation and friendship - English, German and Dutch in partnership!”

16 comments

  • No, the EU does want Scotland and is ready to take them once they are free from Westminster.

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    Bryant

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Looks like this leave don't leave stuff is going to run on and on and on, your government is looking for a way to get round it all, maybe the Morris dancers could get involved. I see we all still believe the old 360 mill a week bit, Scotland wants in, why I wonder, oh yes banks could all move to Edinburgh. Why can't your government get article 50 signed and get on with leaving, oh forgot they are to scared of the consequences, everyone has lied to the public and the government's worried what you will all do when the truth finally hits you. Vote ukip no doubt.

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    trev57

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Why do people presume leaving the EU , will be the end of civilisation .. lol we will be leaving a corrupt organisation of which controls 26 countries , they can still associate with us , plus there are 196 countries in the world !!!!!!!!

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    Norwich

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Larson Whipsnade The Court of Auditors is an EU department so not as independent as it seems. As far as our future dealings with the EU, things work both ways and they need us more than we need them when it comes to trade. Our security is managed very nicely by NATO, not the EU. We already have countries we have not been able to deal because of the EU, are coming forwards to discuss trade deals. One interesting point as an example of how ineficient the EU is, it took 7 long years for the EU to negociate a trade deal with Canada, and it's not yet been ratified. What are the chances of negotiating Brexit in just 2 years as set out in Article 50.

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    parkeg1

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Whippers old boy, not sure of my facts here but aren`t the EU and the EU court of auditors all part and parcel? If so it doesn`t sound very independent.

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    John Bridge

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • "..... it's weekly £350 million contribution to accounts that never get independently audited...." . Not again , how people love their myths . The Court of Auditors ( an independent body ) has signed off the EU accounts every year since 2007 . Results published online as well if you can be bothered to read them .

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    Larson Whipsnade

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • SarahB@ Of course the article NOT Tongue In Cheek,this is always trotted out when folk see through the true meaning! Archant still pushing a failed agenda! Mrs Jarrold must be commended for bringing these dancers over from Germany but keep the political slant out of the occasion

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    Albert Cooper

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Sarah B, I believe you are right. Even the EU can see exchanging the UK and it's weekly £350 million contribution to accounts that never get independently audited for a country of about 3 million people, with falling oil prices, and 90% of its exports to England makes no sense. Someone needs very deep pockets to accommodate more financial strain on the budget from incoming Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, and it sure won't be the deluded Sturgeon and her chums being welcomed in.

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    NorwichAbs

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Yes Daisy Roots I'm not sure what planet Nicola Sturgeon is on because surely being out of the UK makes her country weaker and I think I read somewhere that the EU doesn't want Scotland if they are out of the UK but, I need to check up on this.

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    Sarah B

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • At least it wasnt sword dancing and the Highland Fling. Sturgeon now saying another referendum asking the Scots if they want to leave the Uk could happen by next year. Also floating the idea of Scotland in the UK and in Europe...she seems to have the same concept of the outcome of a vote as the EDP.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • When is Archant and its newspaper interests stop peddling the "Norwich Voted to remain" in the referendum, Norwich as marked out by its two parliamentary boundaries did not vote to remain inside the EU. It was the 13 wards of Norwich city Council collectively voted to remain, but it should be added 42% of that count voted to Leave, it is no mandate as those claiming still complaining about the result as a whole will testify. If the results in the 7 Boradland wards and the single South Norfolk ward are added to the result, which would have given a true Norwich vote A vote to Leave the EU, the so called victory of the Remainers in Norwich is nothing but a sham that is good media, but unrepresentative of Norwich. So Dan grimmer and others if you want to portray Norwich as this outpost of the EU, please make it clear you are expressing the 58% in the 13 Norwich City wards only

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    wooabaloo

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • This article isn't anything to do with the EU as Dan Grimmer has written this 'tongue in cheek'. However, I think there is a serious issue here which really does need addressing with our Conservative Government and our negotiations out of the EU. Many of us still want to be part of Europe. We do embrace other cultures and many of us have been lucky enough to have holidays abroad and have had tourists from Europe boasting our economy. I think the issue is that many who voted out didn't like how the EU had become - an almighty money-draining monster on our own small country's coffers where we had very little control over our finances etc. I just hope that we can negotiate a fair and workable deal out of the EU which isn't going to compromise our long-term security - either financially or amicably with the rest of Europe.

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    Sarah B

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • A bunch of civil servants and minor politicians sat in offices in Brussels (which is what the EU is) celebrating this? I don't think so. German, yes (and very good fun it looks too!). EU? No

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    lockers

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • One expects this event was organised before the referendum and fair enough The Kemp's Men celebrating " twinning" ( by any other name a cosy little jaunt for councilors and chums) with Koblenz. But it is Morris dancing-shame they didnt invite other Morris troupes and Molly dancers and English folk dancers then Archant would not have had the chance to exploit the event. I note the comments on security after Nice have been removed-playing safe EDP? Greene may think his emergency services exercise was enough but we must rely on co operation between UK agencies for prevention- co operation being something the newspapers are reporting as seriously lacking between French security agencies. Feeling secure in our rural county may rest upon being unnoticed-but just think Baedeker and hope there is no Rough Guide equivalent. Not caring for Archant's spin on the news though.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Totally agree with @parkeg1 comments. This website is becoming one big joke.

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    DG

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

  • Archant. What has this event got to do with the European Union? Answer, absolutely nothing. It's really poor to include your political opinion into what was an event marking an historical event which has no bearing on weather we are members of the EU or not. You just spoiled an otherwise good story, and to be fair, you don't report many good ones.

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    parkeg1

    Sunday, July 17, 2016

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