King’s Morris mark the start of May

Kings Morris men performing on Knightshill roundabout with the sun rising in the background ANL-160105-164455009
Kings Morris men performing on Knightshill roundabout with the sun rising in the background ANL-160105-164455009

The magical month of May was welcomed in tradtional style in Lynn during the weekend.

Members of the King’s Morris were up and about in the early hours of Saturday to herald the start of the new month with their spectacular dawn dance at Knights Hill just as the sun was rising.

The dancers then made their way into the town centre for the annual garland procession which left Lynn’s Town Hall at noon.

Shoppers and visitors were treated to the sight and sound of the parade around the town centre to signify the start of May.

Bagman David Jackson said: “The sunrise was really excellent and we were blessed by some good weather.”

The King’s Morris were formed in 1978 to help preserve the Cotswold tradition of morris dancing.

Prior to that, the town is not believed to have had a morris dancing “side”, as troupes were known among enthusiasts of the folk tradition.

They revived the tradition of the King’s Lynn May Garland back in 1983.

The garland is always presented on the true May Day, the first of May, and not on the May bank holiday.