Rutland Morris Attracts Bumper Crowds on Boxing Day
Rutland Morris at the Horse & Jockey, Manton, Boxing Day
Photograph thanks to and © Sally Harnett
Rutland Morris carried out our usual Boxing Day programme of Mumming and Dancing to what seemed to be our biggest crowds ever. We were especially wowed by the large number gathered in Manton to watch our offering at the Horse & Jockey at Manton. A spokesperson said "Manton took us by surprise; we generally have a small but enthusiastic crowd and look upon it as the 'warm up' to Uppingham , but not so this year! It was really heart-warming to have such a large gathering turn up."
Uppingham Market Place provided the usual large crowd who joined in vocally with the mummers play, helping both St George and the Turkish Knight with their lines! The dancing was to its usual standard and managed to feature a (nearly) flawless version of a newly learned dance from the village of Clifton Silsbury.
As usual the collections from our winter programme day will find their way to a local charity. Our Squire, John Barsby, said "as a result of the generosity of all those who came out to watch us in December we hope to be sending about £400 to the Dove Cottage hospice in Ridlington".
Rutland Morris finished our winter season by representing the county by supporting the 'Vale of Belvoir' mummers on Plough Monday and by taking part in the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival the following Saturday.
Then to start practising! Rutland Morris always welcomes new men, and this is a good time to start. Come & get fit and make new friends! We practise on Monday nights in Ashwell Village Hall from 8.30 till 10.00.