Morris men invade Sheffield

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Wath Morris were part of an invasion of Sheffield by over 40 Morris teams as part of the JMO Morris event.

Organised by the three national Morris umbrella organisations, Wath attended representing the Morris Ring, the oldest, extablished Morris organisation in the world.

It was a spectacular event with all teams dancing several times over the day, and the event choreographed so that at each venue there was an ever-changing morris spectacle. The event was graced by a dry day and thousands of on-lookers.

The highlight of Wath’s day was to dance with the peerless Handsworth Sword Dancers, a traditional side performing close to home.

The lunch spot, eating inside the Cathedral, was inspiring and led to a few informal songs, making use of the beautiful acoustics.

In the afternoon, Wath performed two show dances and a show song in Tudor square (the hub of the day) in front of an audience of hundreds. On Tuesday evening, Wath were again out in the Sheffield area – this time to Staindrop Lodge, High Green and on to The Commercial, Chapeltown. A balmy evening saw both venues emptying of drinkers who came outside to watch the team perform. Following the second performance, Wath retired to the tap room of The Commercial for a session of songs and music in a mostly folk vein.

Wath Morris are dancing on Wednesday June 1 at The Woodman, Swinton, in conjunction with their regular monthly singaround (held on the first Monday of every month).