The Morris is England’s oldest surviving tradition. For at least five and a half centuries (perhaps much longer), it has been performed to welcome the spring and to mark the turning of the year at midsummer and midwinter. One version was danced in Hexham until the 19th century, when – like many other rural customs – it fell into decline.
The revival of Morris dancing in Hexham began in November 1977 and in the towns folk club Hexham Morris was born. The group started slowly, but grew to eventually incorporate the Hexhamshire Lasses. The teams perform separately, but mostly appear together to entertain and bring traditional English dances to Hexham and further afield. Equally in Hexham or Hungary they are one of the most experienced, versatile and accomplished exponents of the ancient art of Morris Dancing. The men perform dances mainly from the Cotswolds and the areas near the Welsh Border. The lasses perform in their own style a variety of traditional dances.