Sheringham’s morris dancing Potty Festival seeks helpers

Morris dancing action from last year's Potty Festival. Photo: Karen Bethell

Morris dancing action from last year's Potty Festival. Photo: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Organisers of Sheringham's popular Potty morris dancing festival are appealing for volunteers to help co-ordinate the annual event.

The two-day festival, which this year runs on the weekend of July 4 and 5, includes a parade, dancing at various town locations as well as at the main arena on Lifeboat Plain, and live music from groups including the Sheringham Shantymen and the Ugly Dog Skiffle Band.

Despite heavy rain, last year saw more than 300 dancers descend on the town from as far afield as Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire.

Dance sides delighted onlookers with costumes ranging from Norfolk side Ouse Washers Molly's prom gowns and boots and Kent side Green Dragon Morris's fancy hats and green faces, to the black faces with feathered top hats sported by festival regulars, the Witchmen, from Northamptonshire.

Festival secretary Hilary Scotton said the committee had been working hard to make this year's event the best ever.

Thirty four morris and folk dance sides from all over the country have already signed up to perform, with more on the waiting list.

'The Potty Morris Festival has become so popular with folk dancers and musicians that, for many, it is a 'must attend' event in their calendars,' Mrs Scotton added.

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Anyone interested in helping with the festival can contact Clive on 822302 or Tony on 821514

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