Morris dancers put on spectacular display

About 90 morris dancers put on a spectacular performance at the Lowndes Arms at Whaddon last Saturday lunchtime.

Owner Jeff Chandler said: “It was a spectacular event to see so many people doing so many dances. It was a marvellous spectacle.”

Morris dancing spectacular at The Lowndes Arms, Whaddon. Rose and Castle Morris.'130706M-B083

Morris dancing spectacular at The Lowndes Arms, Whaddon. Rose and Castle Morris.'130706M-B083

The visiting morris sides were the guests of Rose & Castle Morris, a men’s north west morris side based at The Boat Inn in Stoke Bruerne who wear iron-shod clogs to give a distinctive noise on a hard surface.

Rose & Castle runs a weekend of dance every year when its dancers are joined by men’s and women’s morris sides from around the country.

This year, the visitors were Jackstraws from Surrey, Earlsdon from Coventry, White Rose from Yorkshire, Jet Set from Whitby, Basing Clog from Basingstoke and Ely and Littleport Riot.

Mr Chandler said the event was a huge success, and the pub is planning a repeat visit from the morris dancers next year.

He said: “With their entourage, about 200 people turned up.

“The weather was absolutely superb and, in fact, they stayed an hour longer than they originally intended.”

In the morning, the dancers had performed in Buckingham and Akeley.

After a lunch of English cheese and English ale provided by the Lowndes Arms, they went on to Great Horwood, before returning to Stoke Bruerne.