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


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


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Eastern Daily Press visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Eastern Daily Press staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Eastern Daily Press account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now


Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Commented

Latest from the EDP

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Listen to the latest weather forecast

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition