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Morris men dance on, despite the wet and windy weather

The King's Morris performing inside the Rose and Crown at Snettisham. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris performing inside the Rose and Crown at Snettisham. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant

Gusty winds and heavy rain did not stop the King’s Morris starting its 2016 dance season with a traditional Easter Monday dance.

The dancers did make one concession to the weather, though - they danced inside instead.

The King’s Morris’ annual tour of west Norfolk started yesterday at the Rose and Crown in Snettisham, followed by the Norfolk Lavender visitor centre in Heacham, and, finally, the Lifeboat Inn in Thornham.

Mark Warrell, squire of the King’s Morris, said: “We had two guests with us - the Peterborough Morris and Misfit Molly, from Walpole St Andrew.

“If the weather’s bad we do dance inside. For the Lavender centre, we would have normally danced on the footpath out front.

“The group was formed in 1978 and most of us have been doing it for 20 years.

“I love the traditional English music. Most of us are professional so it’s great to do something totally different.

“And you can get away with a lot and have a lot of fun. Most people are welcoming to us, and if they are not, we don’t visit them again.”

One of the Morris men, Tom Sullivan, only qualified yesterday.

Mr Warrell added: “That means he led a dance on his own. You have to do that to qualify.”

Mr Sullivan, originally from London, but now living in St Germans, said he waited until he was 64 to start dancing. He’s now 65.

The King’s Morris will continue the old Lynn tradition of the May Garland on May Day, and there will be further dance tours in west Norfolk on the May and spring bank holidays.

What traditional activity are you taking part in, in the next few months? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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