Morris Dancing has always fascinated me. I like all folk dancing but Morris dancing especially. Old England an atmosphere of Thomas Hardy in Dorset or Constable in Ipswich.
Yes, I have been part of a performance in the Albert Hall. It must have been about 1959 and my junior school were invited to have a dance troupe to perform in the interval of an English Folk Dance and Song Society concert. I was involved in a sword dance which, from our school was an all-male affair. The local press photographer came to the school to take a photo of us.
Maybe maypole dancing was part of the Albert Hall event as well, but I don’t remember that.
I’m the chap holding the star of swords (OK they were thin laths of wood in our case. I recall that the high spot of the dance was when we grouped in a circle and interlocked them and then danced around in a circle with me holding the assembled swords above my head.
Two of my best friends from junior school…
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