Saddleworth Morris Men to tour villages for final dance of the year

Saddleworth Morris Men will round off another successful year with the annual colourful ‘Lordsmere Longsword’ tour of a number of Saddleworth pubs.

Lordsmere Longsword tourThe event on Sunday, December 27 will see the popular Morris side remove their famous waistcoats, sashes and even bells from their clogs to carry out the dance in traditional dress.

The dance is performed in a circle, with each Morris man holding the end of his neighbour’s sword.

They perform circling and intertwining “figures” without breaking the circle or letting go of the swords, except at the climax when swords are interlocked to form the “lock” which is then held aloft.

Each year the newest recruit leads the tour as ‘Captain’ with this year seeing 26-year-old Jack Williams taking on the role.

‘Captain’ Jack commented: “We’ll be touring a few of the pubs in Saddleworth and we look forward to performing the traditional sword dance at each venue.

“It’s carried out at a high tempo and it’s something we only do once a year so definitely worth a venture out to catch it – not a bad excuse to have a post Christmas pint too!”

The proposed schedule for the event is:

  • 1pm The Wellington
  • 2pm The Swan (Dobcross)
  • 3pm The Navigation
  • 4pm Hare and Hounds
  • 5pm The Commercial
  • 7pm Cross Keys
  • 8pm Church Inn (till late)

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