Boxing Day Morris tradition continues

If your thing is watching other people doing the exercising on Boxing Day, then pop along to the Swan Inn at South Wootton or The Crown at Banningham for Morris dance displays.

If your thing is watching other people doing the exercising on Boxing Day, then pop along to the Swan Inn at South Wootton from noon when local dance side the King's Morris will be performing a display of traditional Cotswold morris dancing.

The side was formed in 1978 and has danced at the pub on almost every Boxing Day ever since.

After the display there'll be a folk music session in the bar.

And four fine old English customs - morris dancing, clog dancing, a mummers' play and “hair of the dog” drinking - are set to be revived again this Boxing Day.

Kemp's Men, the Norwich-based Morris side, and Fiddlesticks, the Norfolk clog dancers who perform traditional garland dances from North-West England, will be meeting as usual at The Crown, Banningham, between Aylsham and North Walsham from 11am.

The Boxing Day event has become very popular in recent years for folk music and dance fans and for those who just like an excuse to get out of the house to enjoy a Christmas pub drink. And often the dances and mummers' are followed by a lively music and song session.

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