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King’s Morris celebrate May Day and 40th anniversary with a dance at dawn

PUBLISHED: 13:49 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 01 May 2018

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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Morris men and women in West Norfolk greeted May Day at the crack of dawn with a traditional dance.

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

As the sun rose over a chilly morning, the King’s Morris descended to the highest point in West Norfolk, at Knight’s Hill roundabout in King’s Lynn, to carry on a tradition dating back to the 19th Century.

Clad in baldrics, bellpads and ribboned hats in yellow and blue - the colours of the old heraldic shield of the town - the King’s Morris danced to music played on a fiddle, melodeons, accordion and pipe and tabor.

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

At midday, they danced in the sunshine at the Saturday Market Place before making their way through the town carrying a May Garland, made of a hoop of flowers mounted on a poll with a doll perched in the centre.

This year marked the King’s Morris 40th anniversary, with more events planned throughout the year on bank holidays, in the summer and on Heritage Open Day in September.

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe King's Morris dancing on May Day outside The Minster in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

After dancing the King's Morris walked through the streets of Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtAfter dancing the King's Morris walked through the streets of Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

After dancing the King's Morris walked through the streets of Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtAfter dancing the King's Morris walked through the streets of Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt


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