Dancing up the dawn in King’s Lynn

The King's Morris dancing up the dawn on May Day, in the middle of the Knights's Hill roundabout in

The King's Morris dancing up the dawn on May Day, in the middle of the Knights's Hill roundabout in King's Lynn. Pictured are (L) Tony Bellars and Ian Stinton. Picture: Ian Burt

Morris men and women will be dancing up the dawn to mark May Day.

The King's Morris dancing up the dawn on May Day, in the middle of the Knights's Hill roundabout in

The King's Morris dancing up the dawn on May Day, in the middle of the Knights's Hill roundabout in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The King's Morris will be performing on Knight's Hill roundabout - the highest point in West Norfolk - to welcome the merriest month on Tuesday, May 1.

At 12-noon, they will be giving a traditional display of dances on the Saturday Market Place.

They will they carry the May Garland through the centre of Lynn, blowing cows' horns to ward off evil.

The tradition dates back to the 19th Century, when children in the old fishing quarter of the town would make garlands decorated with flowers, with a doll seated in the middle, which they would carry through the town.

The King's Morris take the May Day garland blowing their ox horns, around the town centre in King's

The King's Morris take the May Day garland blowing their ox horns, around the town centre in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher


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The King's Lynn Corporation banned garlands in 1835, on the grounds they were a public nuisance. The King's Morris revived the tradition in 1983. The group celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, with dancing tours around the coast on May and Spring bank holidays.

The King's Morris take the May Day garland blowing their ox horns, around the town centre in King's

The King's Morris take the May Day garland blowing their ox horns, around the town centre in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

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