A busy month ...
May 23rd saw us at the Dragon and the Boardwalk in Willington with our friends Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris. Probably nearer their territory this one, but as two of our members live at the Marina, it was our tour!
May 30th Annual visit to Bradmore Village, the home of the Bradmore Dancers who, in 1618, were jailed (and indeed excommunicated) for profaning the Sabbath by dancing on that day. This was followed by a visit to Ruddington Beer Festival at the Framebreakers Arms
June 2nd. 1620's house in Donington Le Heath. This being a Sunday in 1622 we of course danced, but also performed the play (written by Bob Hine) which demonstrated that the Bradmore men had in fact been wrongly convicted by the Church authorities. Listen to the full story here.
Practise, lunch and dancing at the Old Thatched Inn, Stanton under Bardon prior to this.
June 6th The Dead Poets, Holbrook and The Holly Bush, Makeney. A tour organised by Dolphin to the home of the invited side Makeney Morris who are definitely one of the best of the many excellent young sides around. We used to be young once you know!
June 13th. Many Dolphins attended the funeral/celebration of the life of Edward Bellaby (formerly Ted Hutchby), erstwhile Squire and one-time Fool of Dolphin Morris.
June 13th. Our Download-warm-up tour of Castle Donington. With the weather soggy, and the fact that many Dolphins had been at a funeral all day, this could have been a wash out. However the Download crowds were superb, plentiful and in very good humour. All three pubs (we danced at the Chequered Flag, Cross Keys and Jolly Potters) were crammed full of enthusiastic rock fans and this was one of the best Thursday tours for a while. We finished back at the Chequered Flag for singing and music.
Next event is the "Come all ye" midsummer's evening at the Kings Head, Sutton Bonington (Thursday 20th June) where there will be a variety of sides showcasing the diversity of traditions and styles that make up the Morris as we know it today.
On the Wednesday prior (19th June) some men will be going to the Rose Inn, Baxterley (near Atherton, Warwickshire) as guests of Anker Morris for their midsummer celebrations. A beautiful pub and an excellent evening, so well worth the trip if you are able.
Full 2019 tours information available here