Morris dancers are on hunt for new recruits
AMORRIS dancing club is calling for new members to help the resurgence of the traditional dance.
The Adlington Morris Men were formed in 1964.
With 12 dancers spanning the generations, from young men in their 20s to veterans in their 70s, the troupe dance and make music for pleasure and perform the traditional jigs in front of enthusiastic audiences.
Adlington Morris Man, Graham Smith, a retired chemical engineer from Macclesfield, said the dancing style is still very popular and is urging more people to give it a try.
Graham, who has been Morris dancing for more than 50 years, said: “It’s not a dying art, actually across the country growing.
“When we first started we were the only Morris team in the county. Now there are 12 groups across Cheshire, and we want the Adlington Men to have a resurgence.
“We’ve done workshops with the Scouts and they enjoyed it and we want to take Morris dancing and folk songs into schools.”
He added: “I’ve been Morris dancing since 1964, it’s keeping me young!
“People look at me and say ‘you’re not still dancing’ but I am. Once you get the bug it’s very hard to throw it off.”
The Adlington group has been based in Woodford for six years, attracting club members from across the county.
Their dances are mainly drawn from those originating in the Cotswolds and surrounding villages.
While the Adlington
it’s musicians are adept at playing the accordion, melodeon or fiddle, a Morris musician has to be an expert in remembering the old tunes and playing from memory.
For anyone interested in getting involved, go along to a practice night on Tuesday evenings from 8.30pm to 10pm at the 1st Woodford Scout Headquarters on Moor Lane.
Practice sessions are washed down by refreshments in the local pub.
The squire of The Adlington Morris Men, Roger Jackson, said: “Morris dancing is energetic and lots of fun, you need to be reasonably fit, have a sense of rhythm and enjoy team work.
“We can teach you the rest, so come and drop in for a session.”
●● The Adlington Morris Men say their pastime is energetic and lots of fun