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Morris men seek to uphold ancient tradition with new recruits
1:44pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
UPHOLDERS of one of the great English traditions are looking for more recruits to join their ranks.
The Richmond on Swale Morris Men, formed in the 1970s, have danced at events all over this country as well as in Europe and the USA.
They also practise through the winter and dance out each week in the summer at local hostelries around the Richmondshire, Teesdale and Darlington areas.
Now the team is looking for 12 to 15 new recruits – and insists the only qualification needed is the ability to tell left from right.
Spokesman Ian Appleyard said: “The aim of the side is to keep the tradition of Morris dancing alive and uphold a recognised standard which has been passed down through the last four centuries.
“No previous knowledge of music or dance is necessary, only enthusiasm and perhaps a taste for good ale, also part of the tradition.”
Morris dancers come from all walks of life and currently include teachers, chefs, farmworkers, doctors, engineers and carpenters among others, all with a common interest in keeping the tradition alive alive.
“Whatever your age, if you are bored with TV, maybe just too old to play football or simply looking for something different, come and give it a try,” added Mr Appleyard.
“We can guarantee if you come to a practise you will be hooked. It’s great fun, good camaraderie and good drinking.”
Contact Andrew Bishop via richmondonswalemorrismm@btinternet,com or Ian Appleyard on 01325-374670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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