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Keeping tradition alive

Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:30:09

Morris side in 1999

A village Morris dancing side is looking for new blood as the group heads towards its 30th anniversary. 

Alvechurch Morris was formed in 1989 as a one-off “star turn” at Crown Meadow first school’s summer fete – and they haven’t stopped dancing yet.

Many of the founder members are still involved, but none of them is getting any younger and so they have issued a call for a new crop of recruits.

The side’s “Squire” (better known as Ade from RMB Services in Alvechurch) told The Village: “This is an important part of village life; we want to keep it alive.

“Some of our members are now getting older and it would be nice to have some younger people come and join the side.

“Traditions only survive with younger people coming through and this village has lot of new young people.”

The Squire added: “Morris dancing is great fun and I’m sure anyone who gets involved will enjoy it. You don’t need to be able to dance a step, we will teach you – and you don’t have to be a beer drinker, although it helps!”

Alvechurch Morris are famous for their annual Mummer’s Play outside The Crown Inn, Withybed Green, on New Year’s Day when they dress up to give their take on the year’s events around the world.

The Squire said this would be happening as usual on January 1, 2018.

Anyone interested in joining Alvechurch Morris can call The Squire on 07977 487999.

Smiling side: (above) Alvechurch Morris at the Crown Meadow First School fete in 1999.

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