Saddleworth Morris Men return with call for members

THE LIVELY Saddleworth Morris Men will return to action on Maundy Thursday (April 13) and Good Friday (April 14) to entertain the public once again.

Thesadd morris traditional opener to the local side’s season will see them begin at Road End in Greenfield, across from the King William IV from approximately 7pm.

Then they will move down the road to dance at Boarshurst Band Club at 8pm.

This event last year saw David Harrison gain his waistcoat and become an integral member of the team and this year the Squire of Saddleworth Morris Men is keen to extend an invitation to other new members.

David ‘Biggsy’ Biggs, Squire of Saddleworth Morris Men, who joined the side in 1981, said: “Morris dancing is still going strong in the UK and we’ve seen our membership steadily grow to around 40.

“We have members in their late 20s right through to others in their 70s, showing that it really is suitable for all ages.

“As always we’re keen to have more join and we have ambitions to grow significantly so we can put on larger performances.

“We dance at events all over the country, visited the Czech Republic last year and even went to Brazil a few years ago, so there’s plenty of opportunity to travel and experience different cultures.

“Practice takes place every Thursday at the Church Inn in Uppermill from around 8.30pm throughout the year and we hope we might see some new faces.

“Our current members look forward to dancing out for our supporters at Easter!”

Following Maundy Thursday evening’s events, Good Friday, April 14, will see the team joined by Earlsdon Morris Men from Coventry, who are considered to be one of the best in the world.

To keep up-to-date with Saddlewoth Morris Men’s tours, find them on Facebook /saddleworth.morris or visit their website: www.saddleworthmorrismen.co.uk

 

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