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Rutland Morris Men

  • One of the earliest photographs of Rutland Morris, from 1975 at Rutland Water
  • 'Dancing In' to the Morris Ring at Thaxted in 1978
  • 46th stop in the 1983 Rutland Morris Journey, where we danced at every village in Rutland over one weekend
  • Playing the melodeon from the back of a tandem on the 1985 bike tour, piloted by John Dawtrey
  • Group photograph at the Dartington Ring meeting, 1989
  • Impressively coordinated (and high) jumps at the Trigg Ring meeting in 1996
  • High altitude dancing in the London Eye in 2001
  • Greeting the Queen on her visit to Uppingham in June 2001
  • One of the more photogenic dance spots - a Red Cross event at Holywell Hall in Lincolnshire in 2008
  • Morris Dancing on Carisbrooke castle wall during the 2009 Isle of Wight Ring meeting
  • North Luffenham Hall, June 2010
  • Another Trigg Ring meeting, this time in August 2010
  • Impressively straight lines for a massed 'Vandals of Hammerwich' in Uppingham Market Square at the start of the Rutland Ring meeting July 2011
  • The group photograph of Rutland Morris Men and guests at the Rutland Ring meeting July 2011 (at the Uppingham Community College)

Rutland Morris splash in the Dawn
on May Day

Dancing in the dawn (note time!), Market Place, Uppingham
Photograph thanks to and © Sally Harnett

Rutland Morris continued our long tradition of welcoming 'summer' by dancing in the dawn on May 1st. Except that we never saw the sun because of the pouring rain. In spite of this meteorological challenge we danced, or splashed, at our usual times of 5.17 until 6.00am when we all tumbled into the Vaults to dry off and consume a very welcome 'Full English' and a pint of beer for those with the stomach for it.

Our 'Squire' John Barsby commented wryly that this was only day it had rained for about a month, and he could not recollect rain on May Day morning. Some visitors from the US said that it was 'very English' to see the dancing, and even more English to see this happening in the pouring rain!

The Manager from the Vaults captured a few minutes on video, and was 'surprised' to find that within a day or so the video had registered over 7,000 hits. Emma commented upon the 'surprising power of the Morris', especially at dawn!

Rutland Morris are also planning a collaboration with a 'recorder choir' comprising of pupils from local schools led, by Dick Smart who is both a Rutland Morris musician and music teacher. We have already rehearsed together and are looking forward to our debut in the near future. Watch this space!

For details of where we will be dancing next why not visit our events page where a full list of our 2017 plans can be found (and there's a printable version here, for you to put on your wall or fridge or ...).

While you're on our site, why not have a look at our gallery of pictures from our founding in 1974 to the present.

Wassail.