Mary Poppins would probably approve!………
This Saturday (Sept 28th) Shrewsbury will fill with Morris dancers stepping in time and bringing more accents (real ones) than you can shake a dodgy Dick van Dyke at, as teams from all over the country descend on the town (minus umbrellas we hope) for a jolly holiday of music, noise, colour and fun for the Morris Federation Day of Dance. All hosted by your very own Shrewsbury Morris Dancers….that’s us!
But beware, it will not all be a spoonful of sugar helping this little lot go down. Along with the graceful garlands and fabulously different costumes, there will be pipes, drums, yelps and whoops, stomping of clogs, smashing of sticks, razor sharp hankies, flashing steel blades and not a soaring kite in sight as Morris styles of all descriptions meet in central Shrewsbury and The Quarry to entertain you with their skills and love of their tradition, all in a most delightful way! There might even be a dragon or two…..
It is the first time that this annual event has been held in Shrewsbury and we feel very honoured to have been chosen to host it. We hope that lots of people will come and watch the free show from 10am until 4pm and that the town will benefit as a whole, as Shrewsbury people again demonstrate that they can support all manner of entertainment as they have done throughout recent years.
The dance spots will be in The Quarry, The Castle, St Mary’s Church, Rowley’s House and at our base for the day, Shrewsbury Baptist Church; Central to whom we owe sincere thanks for their kindness. In addition, Shrewsbury Morris will be in The Square all day, dancing with as many visiting teams as we can. By the way, if you’re there around lunchtime you might see something a little special and which will be the culmination of much hard work by our leaders Ray and Bev Langton, local schools and several other team members!!
The action kicks off at 9.45am in Shrewsbury’s Market Square with The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Cllr Jon Tandy kindly opening proceedings for us.
So, Spit Spot……get yourself along to Shrewsbury on Saturday 28th September to enjoy a free day of fabulous fun and glorious mayhem with some of the best Morris sides in the country.
We hope that some of them (and you) will also join us the next day (Sunday 29th) from 11am at the Battlefield 1403 site for a morning of more free entertainment.
One thing’s for sure, when you’re with a Morris side you’re in glad company!