Since at least 1448, from the Midlands to Wales, up to the Borders, down to the Channel, the Morris Dancers have danced the summer in on May Day and throughout the year. Boxing Day and the beginning of January also feature in the calendar.
Last Christmas, I had the opportunity to see the Leicester Morris Men, complete with the Mummers’ Play at the end. A good number of people came out, children as well as grandparents. All engaged in this traditional form of English expression.
I have come to look forward to the Morris Dancers. They allow me to express a sort of raucous joy, a communal joy, shared with a village as it is meant to be.
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