Dancing for St George

23 Apr 2019 12:39
Published by: Daniel Almond


MORRIS dancers from far and wide descended on Horwich for a traditional celebration to mark St George’s Day.

Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men (HPMMM) welcomed a turnout of more than 100 dancers and musicians for the annual event on Saturday.

The streets were bursting with colour as dancers stepped out to perform in ornate dress with sashes, beads, floral hats and dancing clogs.

There was glorious sunshine for the hundreds of spectators who lined the streets to enjoy the occasion.

Paul Woodhead, HPMMM secretary, said: "It was such a glorious day and it brought lots of people out.

"There was an incredible, brilliant, positive atmosphere. It was great for the visiting teams. We were joined by Chelmsford Morris from Essex, who also dance in the North West style and feel this is their spiritual home."

Horwich was represented by about 30 dancers and musicians, who were joined by Malkin Morris from Pendle, Bolton-based Rumworth Morris, Wakefield Morris, Rivington Morris and Chelmsford Ladies.

The teams set off from The Crown Hotel in Chorley New Road bright and early, before making their way up to Bank Top Brewery, formerly The Brown Cow.

The lunchtime spot at the Saddle attracted a large crowd before the teams moved on to the Bowling Green.

"It was a full day", Mr Woodhead said. "We got back to The Crown at about 4pm for the last dance.

"Morris dancing is really supported in Horwich. There are not many towns who have this same level of support that we enjoy. As an activity it is something which gives a great sense of not just civic pride but also the knowledge of the legacy you are carrying."

HPMMM are hoping to recruit new members to join them. The team has a nice balance of younger and older dancers and is always keen to welcome new members who can call in any Wednesday evening at 8.30pm for the practice sessions at Horwich Community Centre.

Alternatively, contact Mr Woodhead at secretary@horwichmorris.org.


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