Helen Strudwick of Devil’s Dyke MM and The Fitzwilliam Museum arranged for a combined show of DDMM and CMM in front of an early 17th century painting showing a Morris side dancing beside the Thames opposite Richmond Castle. The painting had been in Lord Fitzwilliam’s collection, donated to Cambridge University 200 years ago as the foundation of the museum.
Looking forward to next Friday, dancing at the Live and Let Live then the Cambridge Blue on Friday 27th May.
Five Cambridge men as well as six honorary members wearing other kit traveled to London city centre on the second roasting hot day this year to dance with men from eleven sides including Thaxted, St. Albans, Anker, Jockey, North British and our hosts, the Westminster Morris Men. We danced near Westminster Abbey, the houses of parliament, some excellent old pubs and the Thames. Both the morning and afternoon tours ended up with massed shows in Trafalgar Square. Thanks to Dave Brewster, Danny Gallagher, Emma and Jon Melville for providing us with fine, uplifting music.
We are sorry to announce that Kay died following a long illness. He will be sorely missed as a kind companion, an lively conversationalist and a fine dancer. Kay was a stalwart of the Travelling Morrice, organising many tours.
On the last Saturday in April each year we start our summer season with a reunion tour in some direction from Cambridge. This year it’s on Saturday, April 25th. We shall start by performing in St Neot’s, cross the A1 to Kimbolton then head North via Grafham, eventually reaching the picturesque village of Alconbury Weston. From there we return towards Huntingdon, taking tea and cakes at Pinnies in Godmanchester before dancing near the Chinese Bridge (not to be confused with a similar structure bridging the River Cam). After two shows in Huntingdon itself the day tour comes to an end in Hartford at a prize-winning pub, The King of the Belgians. There might be music and songs, possibly even musical songs.
Despite a cold, wet day over most of East Anglia we enjoyed fine weather and the excellent dancing of sixty visiting sides from The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring and Open Morris. Many brilliant photographs were taken and links or actual pictures will be posted here very soon.