Photo gallery: Morris dancing celebration in Sheringham

Dancers from the Lobster Potties at the Potty Morris Festival in Sheringham.

Dancers from the Lobster Potties at the Potty Morris Festival in Sheringham. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the old English tradition of Morris dancing on the north Norfolk coast this weekend.

The 20th Potty Morris Festival, in Sheringham, which attracted holidaymakers as well as local residents showcased 35 sides from across Britain.

It started yesterday and continues today (Sunday) and was the 'biggest ever', according to organiser Eileen Brown, 68, from West Runton.

Mrs Brown, who is in the Sheringham-based Lobster Potties side, said: 'It is absolutely fantastic. It could not be better. The weather is good and the atmosphere is great. People are saying what a brilliant festival it is.

'The festival is about all sides getting together and having a good time. Sheringham is the perfect setting for it.'


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She has been Morris dancing since the 1980s and has organised the festival with her husband Steve, 63, for the past five years after moving to Norfolk from West Yorkshire.

Andrew Mussell, 35, from High Street, Downham Market, was dancing with the Ouse Washers Molly side which includes people from across the Fens.

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He said: 'it is a fabulous atmosphere. Because Sheringham is a seaside town some people have come because they knew it was happening or some have stumbled across it. You get to see a diverse range of Morris dancing - it is not just about the Cotswolds dancers with their hankies and sticks.'

Groups came from counties including West Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Terrence Tuck, 74, from Teal Walk, Brandon, who was watching said: 'It is a bit of old English tradition. It is worth seeing. The festival is good for the shops in the town.'

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