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King's Morris parades its dragon around King's Lynn, Lynn News letters


By Lynn News Reporter


I was surprised to see that the event would be the first occasion since 1547 that a dragon has been paraded in Lynn. Someone hasn't been paying attention for the last 40 years!

Formed in 1978, Lynn's own Morris dancing team, The King's Morris, is often accompanied during its performance by its ceremonial dragon 'Hizziels', either in Lynn or throughout West Norfolk and beyond.

We aren't sure about Hizziels pedigree. Rather than being descended from St George's dragon, it's more likely that his ancestor was the creature that swallowed St Margaret of Antioch. Lynn Minster was of course formerly St Margaret's Church. And three dragons' heads appear on Lynn's heraldic shield.

Morris men of The King’s Morris take part in a procession which sees the May Garland carried around Lynn’s pedestrian precinct on the first day of May. (8220840)
Morris men of The King’s Morris take part in a procession which sees the May Garland carried around Lynn’s pedestrian precinct on the first day of May. (8220840)

The King's Morris will shortly be presenting their annual dance season. After the dancing tour of the North West Norfolk coast, on Easter Monday, the team will once again present Lynn's ancient tradition of the May Garland procession on the first of May, the real May Day.

David Jackson

Bagman, The King's Morris



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