Video & Gallery: Morris Dancing

PUBLISHED: 16:16 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010


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MORRIS dancers from Ely, Littleport and Coton brought colour to a grey Saturday afternoon in the city. Members of women s morris dancing outfit, the Ely and Littleport Riot joined Coton Morris Men to hold a taster day at The Forum on Barton Road. As the

MORRIS dancers from Ely, Littleport and Coton brought colour to a grey Saturday afternoon in the city.

Members of women's morris dancing outfit, the Ely and Littleport Riot joined Coton Morris Men to hold a taster day at The Forum on Barton Road.

As the annual morris dancing season was heralded by the arrival of Plough Monday on January 14, spokespeople for the National Morris Dancing Association predicted the tradition's demise, but in Ely, the tradition proved alive and well.

Wicken resident, John Blackwell, of Coton Morris Men said: "We had about 50 or 60 people throughout the day and the vast majority of them got up and had a go."

The Ely and Littleport Riot, a women's Border side of dancers, managed to recruit 12 new members, beating the men, who managed five - enough for half a side.

Musicians and dancers are welcome to contact Ely and Littleport Riot's Maggie Kent on 01353 615503 or for Coton Morris Men, John Blackwell, on 01353 624739.

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