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Morris Dancing... a little bit of history

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 incorporate the Hexham Morrismen and Hexhamshire Lasses. The teams are the strongest they have ever been with around 45 members between them.