A mass of Morris dancers, and some costumed mummers combined their talents for a noisy tribute to St George in Odiham on St George's Day last week.
Hook Eagle Morris Men organised the gathering and were joined by six others from North Hampshire – Fleet Morris, Yateley Morris Men, Mayflower Morris, Jackstraws Morris, Basingclog Morris and Borderline Morris.
Jonathan Buisson, Squire of the Hook Eagles, said: “The sides started by dancing outside three Odiham pubs, The Waterwitch, The George and The Bell – before everyone came together for a final bit of dancing outside the Bell.
“We arranged it so that the audience would see the main styles of Morris – Cotswold, North West and Border – at each location.
“With all the dancers, musicians and followers, we probably had nearly 100 people, showing that Morris is as popular as ever.”
Groups of mummers from Odiham and Yateley were on hand to perform traditional plays in their own glowing tribute to St George.
The plays, a street form of acting, mix historical drama with a variety of ancient and modern costumes and jokes.
St George’s Day is the kick-off for the busy summer season for many Morris sides, who will be appearing at local shows and folk festivals in the coming months.
Hook Eagle Morris Men rose just after 5.30am yesterday (Thursday May 1) to celebrate May Day at the Crooked Billet pub in Hook.
“Morris dancing is great fun, especially when all the sides get together,” said Mr Buisson. “Sides are always welcoming of new dancers and musicians, so come and give it a go.”
Call John Ellis on 07900 886 855 for more information about joining Hook Eagle Morris Men.