Dancing in the streets in West Norfolk

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The King’s Morris dancing troupe has been out in force this week after giving three public performances in West Norfolk on Monday.

The group started in Snettishham at the Rose and Crown, before moving on to Norfolk Lavender in Heacham and finishing at the Lifeboat Inn at Thornham.

They were performing alongside a morris band from Peterborough and Misfit Molly, a mixed group that recreate traditional East Anglian dances.

Formed in 1978, King’s Morris commonly present shows throughout West Norfolk, wearing the iconic white outfits adorned by yellow and blue baldrics, bellpads and ribbons to represent town of Lynn.

Morris dancing dates back to the mid-15th century in English. Its name is thought to be a reference to ‘Moorish’ dancing and was done in imitation of supposedly exotic foreign dance moves from Spain and beyond.

Some morris dancers historically wear black make-up as a form of disguise, which has sparked some controversy in modern times.

But the King’s Morris, who do not wear such make-up, said that they have never received any complaints on this subject from the public.

Mark Warrell, the squire of the group, said: “The performances went very well. We are absolutely looking for new members and anyone interested can contact us on the website (www.kings
morris.co.uk).”

The King’s Morris are now preparing for their next appearance on May 1, when they will be dancing on the Knights Hill roundabout as the sun rises at 5.30am, as part of a national May Day celebration.

Later in the day they will give a display at Saturday Market Place in Lynn at 1pm, before the garland is carried around the town centre.

On May 2, the group will begin their Bank Holiday Dance Tour around Norfolk, including venues in Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Market and Wells.