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Morris men keep traditions alive in King’s Lynn for May day

The King's Morris May Garland Dancing and Parade in King's Lynn ANL-140105-133911001

The King's Morris May Garland Dancing and Parade in King's Lynn ANL-140105-133911001

Shoppers in Lynn town centre were treated to a display by The King’s Morris who paraded through the town carrying the traditional May garland to celebrate May Day.

The dancers were on top form despite their early start as they danced the dawn up at Knights Hill Roundabout from 5am, kicking off they traditional celebration for a small crowd who had gathered to watch.

Bagman David Jackson, who organises the event, said: It wasn’t a perfect dawn, there was a heavy mist but the sun finally broke through and we had quite a few people watching.”

Over lunchtime, the morris dancers made their way through the town centre, stopping shoppers in their tracks as they performed Cotswolds morris dancing with the May garland from the Saturday Market Place.

The group stopped at points to give demonstrations for the waiting crowds to the sounds of jingling bells and cow horns.

David said: “Scores of people were watching and taking pictures on their camera phones. Luckily we had just enough of us to perform the dance and keep the tradition alive.

“It’s nice to keep some of the original traditions of the town going, just as the Chinese New Year celebrations are enjoyed by many, the morris dancing is a part of the town’s identity.”

The King’s Morris revived this old Pagan tradition in 1983, when a large garland of flowers, greenery and beads surrounding a doll is mounted on a pole and carried about the town, accompanied by the blowing of Ox Horns.

 

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