Morris dancers parade through King’s Lynn on May Day

Dancers carry the garland down Norfolk Street Picture: Chris Bishop

Dancers carry the garland down Norfolk Street Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Morris dancers drew bemused looks from shoppers on their May Day parade through King's Lynn.

Dancers on their way down the High Street in King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop

Dancers on their way down the High Street in King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Blowing ox horns, they carried a garland surrounding a baby doll through the streets to ward off evil spirits.

The unique tradition is believed to have started around 100 years ago.

Not everyone approved of the noise Picture: Chris Bishop

Not everyone approved of the noise Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Beforehand, the 10-strong King's Morris danced up the dawn on Knights Hill Roundabout - one of Norfolk's highest points.

Squire Winston Williams said: 'It's gone excellently, we saw the sun come up. The May garland is the reason we're here today. It's an ancient tradition, certainly going bank to the 19th Century.'

The parade finished at the Vancouver Quarter Picture: Chris Bishop

The parade finished at the Vancouver Quarter Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant


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He added the ranks of the morris side had been swelled by the decision two years ago to become a unisex dance troupe.

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