Popular morris dancing festival returning to Sheringham

Crowds and dancers at a previous Potty Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Crowds and dancers at a previous Potty Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Folk music and morris dancing fans will flock to a seaside town next weekend for a popular free festival.

The Potty Festival, formerly known as the Lobster Potty Festival, is happening in Sheringham town centre on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday July 5.

It will be the 22nd year of the annual event which attracts different morris dancing sides from across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and further afield, as well as thousands of visitors.

New festival chairman, Clive Rayment, 66, from Heath Road in Sheringham, said: 'The festival is lovely and light-hearted. Everybody enjoys themselves. It brings people into the town and shows them Sheringham and Norfolk.

'You have teenagers to older people come and watch the festival. People love it because of the colour, music and different dance styles.'

He added morris dancing was a 'beautiful tradition' which started in Britain and the Potty Festival was becoming a popular feature for the morris dancing and folk calendar right across the country.

This year's festival will include 37 sides and there will be 10 separate dancing spots around the town.

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It will kick off at 10am on Saturday with a parade of all the sides from the RNLI car park, near the Leas, to the clock tower.

It will be headed up by Bristol-based folk dance group Young Miscellany, made up of primary school children and teenagers.

To register an interest in the festival visit www.pottyfestival.com, email info@pottyfestival.com or call 01263 822302.

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