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26/04/2017 Adderbury Village MM and others Banbury Guardian  Sun comes out for Adderbury’s dancing day
26/04/2017 Silurian Border MM and others Evesham Journal  Morris dancing spectacle in Ledbury
25/04/2017 Oakworth Village MM Keighley News  Local Morris Dancer groups appealing for public support to keep their traditional performances alive 
25/04/2017 Brackley MM AboutMyArea The Brackley Morris Men, May Day morning 
24/04/2017 Icknield Way MM The Oxford Times  Wantage's Icknield Way Morris Men performed for six counties at once on top of Bronze Age White Horse Hill on St George's
24/04/2017 Silurian Border MM Hereford Times St George's Day celebrated in Herefordshire 
24/04/2017 Chester City MM The Chester Chronicle Chester's most patriotic publican misses St George's Day celebrations
23/04/2017 Coventry MM Coventry Telegraph  St George's Day - 10 patriotic photos from a sun-drenched city centre 
18/04/2017 Thaxted MM Saffron Walden Reporter  Morris Men bring crowds to Thaxted craft fair
18/04/2017 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Sound of Morris Men back in Saddleworth for new season
18/04/2017 Icknield Way MM The Oxford Times  Morris men to perform on St George's Day
18/04/2017 Chipping Campden MM Stratford upon Avon Herald  Public meeting planned over Cotswold Olimpicks Games' future 
18/04/2017 Leyland MM Lancashire Evening Post  Leyland Morris Men mark golden era of merriment
14/04/2017 Silurian Border MM Ledbury Reporter  Streets of Ledbury to be filled with morris dancing for St George's Day
14/04/2017 North Wood MM Caterham County Border News  May Queen crowning will be highlight of a day of free live music 
14/04/2017 Ripley MM Nottingham Post  Thousands expected for St George's Day celebrations in Nottingham 
12/04/2017 Lincoln and Micklebarrow MM Grantham Journal  May Day merriment for Grantham’s Wyndham Park
12/04/2017 Headington Quarry Morris Dancers The Oxford Times New blue plaque unveiled to remember collector and Morris Dancing pioneer
11/04/2017 Silurian Border MM Ledbury Reporter  A FEAST of food, drink, music and poetry will fill the High Street in a community celebration 
08/04/2017 Mendip MM Bridgwater Mercury  Somerset Day - celebration of the county's talent
07/04/2017 Ripley MM

Derbyshire Times

Something for all the family at annual festival
07/04/2017 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph  Bank on a Bank Holiday to remember at the Cleethorpes Folk and Cider Festival 2017
06/04/2017 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Saddleworth Morris Men return with call for members
03/04/2017 Ravensbourne MM Tandridge County Border News  Bluebells, views and maypole dancing - all part of Beating The Bounds
03/04/2017 Adderbury Village MM Banbury Guardian Doff your top hat to Adderbury Village Morris Men
27/03/2017 Ravensbourne MM Biggin Hill News Come along and Beat the Bounds in Westerham this spring bank holiday
27/03/2017 Long Man MM Eastbourne Herald Long Man Morris Men to show French how it’s done
01/03/2017 Bathampton MM Bath Echo Bathampton Morris Men make music for Cancer Care at the Royal United Hospital
22/02/2017 Leominster MM Hereford Times North Herefordshire Morris dancers to feature on BBC's Bargain Hunt
09/02/2017 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph Morris Men help the battle against prostate cancer
05/02/2017 Taunton Deane MM Somerset County Gazette Taunton Deane Morris Men raise £454 for cancer charity
23/01/2017 Alvechurch MM Bromsgrove Standard Bromsgrove councillor wades into Morris dancing row
21/01/2017 Icknield Way MM Swindon Advertiser  Crowds flock to apple tree blessing 
08/01/2017 Alvechurch MM ITV News Morris dancers forced to stop performance after threats
08/01/2017 Alvechurch MM Daily Telegraph Morris dancers forced to abandon performance after being accused of racism 
08/01/2017 Leominster MM Daily Mail What could possibly go wrong? 
07/01/2017 Brackley MM AboutMyArea Brackley Morris 'Open Tasters' 
06/01/2107 Grimsby MM Market Rasen Mail Market Rasen Mail Masters of Morris start golden year at Caistor Waes-hal
06/01/2107 Mendip MM North Somerset TImes Morris troupe delights villagers in Boxing Day spectacle
05/01/2017 Leominster MM BBC News In pictures: Here we come a-wassailing
04/10/2017 Letchworth MM Biggleswade Today  Get ready to wassail in the apple orchard 
04/10/2017 Men of Wight MM Island Echo  Men of Wight Handover Bequeathed Accordion
03/01/2017 Men of Sweyn's Ey Morris & Sword Dancers South Wales Evening Post Wassail Food and Music Festival brings ancient tradition back to Gower
03/01/2017 Shakespeare MM Redditch Advertiser/Evesham Journal History of Bidford dancers being explored at event 
02/10/2017 Monkseaton MM & Folk Dance Group News Guardian  A dancing New Year's Day tradition in Monkseaton
01/01/2017 Alvechurch MM Birmingham Mail  Alvechurch Morris Men slay a dragon on New Year's Day 
01/01/2017 Rose & Castle MM AboutMyArea  Might Be Very Wet And Windy But Morris Men Celebrate New Year
28/12/2016 Headington Quarry M

Oxford Mail

King George slain by Turkish knight in Headington's 'most popular Mummers' play ever' 
28/12/2016 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph  A Boxing Day knees-up for the Morris Men
27/12/2016 Wantage Mummers Oxford Mail  Donald Chump vs King Alfred: the Boxing Day news story you may have missed 
27/12/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent  Lordsmere Longsword finale for Saddleworth Morris Men until April
27/12/2016 Datchet MM Royal Borough Observer Datchet's Morris Men draw the crowds
24/12/2016 Mendip MM North Somerset Times  Christmas fair does not disappoint in Congresbury 
20/12/2016 Wantage Mummers Oxford Mail  Bizarre Boxing Day tradition saved by villagers' pop-up pub 
19/12/2016 Thaxted MM Clacton and Frinton Gazette  Iconic birthplace of the Morris dancing fraternity is up for sale
19/12/2016 Wessex MM Blackmore Vale Magazine Wessex Morris Men bringing Christmas cheer to Cerne Abbas
15/12/2016 John O'Gaunt & Wrigley Head MM The Visitor Tributes paid to popular Lancaster Morris Man
14/12/2015 Forest of Dean MM Forest of Dean & Wyre Valley Review Mummers’ return
13/12/2016 Leominster Morris Herford Times Leominster Victorian Market proves popular despite rain
12/12/2016 Oakworth Village MM Keighley News Flaming brilliant torchlight weekend draws huge crowd to Haworth Main Street
12/12/2016 Lincoln & Micklebarrow MM Newark Advertiser Newark Christmas Market draws in the crowds
07/12/2016 Wessex MM Blackmore Vale Magazine Wessex Morris Men's William Barnes Night boost for Dorset County Museum
07/12/2016 Icknield Way The Herald Celebrating Christmas the Dickensian Way with a dash of Santas
06/12/2016 Grimsby MM Cleethorpes People Grimsby Morris Men Boxing Day Tour
06/12/2016 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph Join Morris Men on their Boxing Day tour of Cleethorpes
03/12/2016 Gloucestershire MM Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard Gloucestershire Morris Men raise £1,750 over the year for Alzheimer's Society
01/12/2016 Dartington MM Mid-Devon Advertiser A scary tale of blood-curdling hankie panky
28/11/2016 Oakworth MM and Leeds MM Keighley News Hundreds turn out to see spirit of Christmas invited into Haworth
28/11/2016 Offley MM The Comet ‘We mustn’t be parochial’ – Hitchin and twin town Nuits-St-George mark 40-year milestone
23/11/2016 Icknield Way MM The Herald Traders urged to go full Victorian at this year's Dickensian Evening in Wantage
15/11/2016 Mersey MM AboutMyArea Celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Hadlow Road Station 
15/11/2016 Chipping Campden MM Evesham Journal Book reflects on life in Cotswolds
10/11/2016 Greensleeves MM London News Online Invitation to join the dance from Greenwich Morris Men
05/11/2016 Plymouth MM and many others Tavistock Times Gazette Pudsey Day of Morris for Children in Need in Tavistock's Bedford Square
27/10/2016 Lassington Oak MM Gloucester Review Celebrating an old tradition
25/10/2016 North Wood MM Croydon Citizen How Croydon Minster revived an ancient tradition: beating the bounds
20/10/2016 Trigg MM Cornwall Advertiser Can Morris dancing be part of your fitness regime?
16/10/2016 Dartington MM Mid-Devon Advertiser A scary tale of blood-curdling hankie panky
13/10/2016 The King's Morris Lynn News Now it’s Morris men and women dancers at King’s Lynn
02/10/2016 Letchworth MM The Comet ‘Good weather, well received, it was fantastic’ – All smiles for Letchworth Morris Men on away day tour including Bressingham Steam and Gardens
28/09/2016 Wessex MM Blackmore Vale Magazine Barnes Night celebrates life and work of Dorset dialect poet William Barnes
28/09/2016 Jockey MM Bromsgrove Standard Hairy Bikers ride in to Bromsgrove to film show with Lorenzo at the Wildmoor Oak
27/09/2016 Adlington MM Macclesfield Express Morris men and pampered pooches at Macclesfield Treacle Market
25/09/2016 East Surrey MM Sutton Guardian French folk dancers from Sutton's twin town give traditional performance in town centre
20/09/2016 Kennet MM The Guardian What the BBC needs is a Morris dance-off
20/09/2016 Saddleworth MM Oldham Evening Chronicle Heritage site looks fabulous 
20/09/2016 Leominster Morris Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser Preparing for Tenbury Applefest
16/09/2016 Datchet Border MM Colnbrook Views Local firms at the heart of this year’s Colnbrook Apple Fair
14/09/2016 Greensleeves MM Your local Guardian Morden station celebrates 90th birthday - with a little help from Morris dancers
12/09/2016 Cinque Ports MM Hastings and St. Leonards Observer  VIDEO: Hop Festival Weekend at Bodiam Station
11/09/2016 Brackley MM About My Area Brackley Morris Men 'Open Tasters for all'
09/09/2016 Broadwood Sword & MM The Argus Well-wishers say final goodbye to Morris Dancing legend Sid Wakeham
03/09/2016 Leominster Morris Worcester News Tenbury Applefest celebrates the great British apple season
30/08/2016 Men of Sweyn's Ey Morris & Sword Dancers South Wales Evening Post Mass Morris Dance to celebrate 50th anniversary
26/08/2016 Saddleworth MM ITV News Boy, 4, morris dances his way to internet stardom
24/08/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Diggle dancer Ollie is major hit as Morris Minor at Saddleworth Rushcart Festival
23/08/2016 North Wood MM The Croydon Citizen Croydon’s Night of Dance,Tuesday 16th August
22/08/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Morris Men brave rain to fill Saddleworth streets with sound and colour for Rushcart Festival
17/08/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Saddleworth Morris Men to dance in streets for Rushcart weekend
12/08/2016 Offley MM The Comet Final bell is tolling for Offley village’s Morris side
11/08/2016 Devil's Dyke MM Cambridge News Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum celebrates 200th birthday with a cake – and a £1.2 million present
11/08/2016 Rutland MM Rutland & Stamford Mercury Record turnout for Uppingham fete
20/07/2016 Plymouth MM Dartmouth Chronicle Horse and Groom raises more than £1,780 for the Brain Tumour Charity and Erme Valley RDA
18/07/2016 Belchamp MM East Anglian Daily Times Groups descend on Suffolk for milestone birthday of The Belchamp Morris Men
17/07/2016 Thomas Spence - Sword Dancer News Guardian The human stories behind the Somme casualty lists
17/07/2016 Kemp's Men of Norwich Eastern Daily Press European union to mark Norwich Morris dancers’ anniversary
12/07/2016 Silurian Border MM Ledbury Reporter Double birthday bash in Ledbury was a spectacle of Morris dancing and song
08/07/2016 Datchet Border M Windsor and Eton Express Datchet Village Fete hopes to raise thousands for good causes
08/07/2016 Greensleeves MM Watford Observer Morris dancers make their way to Chipperfield
03/07/2016 Kennet MM, Yateley MM (pic) & Foggy Bottom MM Reading Eagle Troupe of Morris Men dancers to perform throughout Kutztown
29/06/2016 Bathampton MM Frome Times Get set for 41st annual Nunney Street Fayre 
27/06/2016 Bathampton MM Wiltshire Times Winsley School summer fete proves to be a record breaker
26/06/2016 Belchamp MM Halstead Gazette Morris dancers step out to celebrate 40 years
23/06/2016 Grimsby MM Market Rasen Mail Blessing of the water at Kelsey and Caistor
23/06/2016 Anker MM Rugby Advertiser Willey Fete tinged with sadness
15/06/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Music lovers in for treat as Saddleworth Folk Festival returns
15/06/2016 Abingdon Traditional MM Oxford Mail A glorious celebration of English eccentricity
31/05/2016 Forest of Dean MM Ross Gazette Mass gathering of Morris Men for a Family Morris Weekend
24/05/2016 Mendip MM Weston,Worle and Somerset Mercury Somerset Day celebrations at Thatchers
23/05/2016 Exeter MM Express & Echo Morris men, bus tours and Steam Up help Coldharbour Mill celebrate Whitsun weekend
16/05/2016 Trigg MM Cornish Guardian Trigg Morris Dancers entertain villagers at Burlawn
15/05/2016 Ashdown Forest MM Kent & Sussex Courier Mayfield Mayfair returns for day of tradition
12/05/2016 Broadwood MM The District Post Sun soaked English Festival could be repeated
12/05/2016 Taunton Deane MM Somerset County Gazette Somerset Day awards in the Museum of Somerset
12/05/2016 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph Wave your arms in the air and drink!
11/05/2016 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph Folk & Cider Festival back for the 8th annual knees-up!
10/05/2016 Wessex MM Western Daily Press Sherborne Country Fair returning with dog eye tests and mounted falconry display
10/05/2016 Vancouver MM Peace Arch News A party fit for queen
10/05/2016 Wessex MM Blackmore Vale Magazine Graffiti Classics at Sherborne Castle Country Fair
10/05/2016 Victory MM Farnham Herald Welcome victory for the morris men
09/05/2016 Broadwood MM and others West Sussex County Times Weekend English Festival draws crowds to Horsham town centre
07/05/2016 Mendip MM South Wales Argus Hundreds enjoy colourful music and dancing at Tredegar House
07/05/2016 Traditional Ilmington MM Stratford Observer Morris Men forecasting a magnificent summer
07/05/2016 Mendip MM Weston,Worle and Somerset Mercury Somerset Day is back again
07/05/2016 Traditional Ilmington MM Stratford-upon-Avon Herald Dancing in the streets since 1974
06/05/2016 Adam Garland Daily Telegraph Morris dancing undergoing radical change with influx of women
06/05/2016 Colchester MM Daily Gazette Colchester Morris Men begin their summer's dance
05/05/2016 White Rose MM Craven Herald & Pioneer Thousands flock to Skipton Waterway Festival
05/05/2016 Traditional Ilmington MM Tewkesbury Admag Morris men welcome the May Day dawn on Ilmington Downs
04/05/2016 The King’s Morris Lynn News King’s Morris mark the start of May
04/05/2016 Ripley MM Ripley & Heanor News Morris group bring community spirit to Ripley
03/05/2016 East Suffolk MM Bury Free Press Street fayre brings colourful spectacle to Mendlesham
03/05/2016 Brackley MM Banbury Guardian Fun day out for all at Sulgrave Manor’s May Day celebrations
03/05/2016 Devil's Dyke MM Cambridge News Bank Holiday fun and frolics aplenty at Reach Fair 2016
03/05/2016 Yateley MM getHAMPSHIRE Watch Yateley Morris Men welcome the summer with dancing at dawn
03/05/2016 Woodside MM Watford Observer Mayday! Watford's Morris Men mark first sunrise of summer
03/05/2016 Anker MM The HinckleyTimes Fun for all the family at Burbage Common Open Day 
03/05/2016 Ripley MM Matlock Mercury Hundreds attend May Day Carnival in Ashover 
03/05/2016 Chalice MM 300 head to Burnham's Marine Cove for May Day celebration
03/05/2016 Wath-upon-Dearne MM, Harthill MM and others South Yorkshire Times Music, culture and dance celebrated at Wath Festival 
02/05/2016 East Suffolk MM The East Anglian Daily Times Fun, laughter and community spirit at Mendlesham’s annual street fayre
02/05/2016 Saddleworth MM Rochdale online Middleton May Day Festival
02/05/2016 Wessex MM Dorset Echo Mayday! Monstrous Dorset Ooser makes rare appearance to join morris dancers for the first sunrise of summer
02/05/2016 Devil's Dyke MM Cambridge News Witches, morris dancing and maypoles: May Day is celebrated the traditional way
01/05/2016 Gloucester MM Stroud News Morris dancers gather for May Day sunrise at Painswick Beacon
01/05/2016 Anstey MM and others Worcester News Traditional folk music and dancing greets visitors to the annual Upton Folk Festival
01/05/2016 The King’s Morris Eastern Daily Press Morris Men dance up the dawn in King’s Lynn
29/04/2016 Gloucester MM Gloucester Citizen Madcap May will kick off with weird and wacky events in Gloucestershire
29/04/2016 Foresters MM Nottingham Post Why do we dance around a pole on May Day? (And other strange May traditions)
27/04/2016 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph Where to see Grimsby Morris Men this May Day
26/04/2016 Chalice MM Weekly News Marine Cove to host May day activities
26/04/2016 East Suffolk MM Bury Free Press Mendlesham Fayre promises fun for all the family
26/04/2016 Brackley MM About My Area May Day - The Brackley Morris Men
26/04/2016 Wyvern Jubilee MM  Western Gazette Aspiring performers encouraged to apply for Yeovil Show stage slot
26/04/2016 Plymouth MM The Herald Grrrreat! Plymouth brewery names beer after pub dog
26/04/2016 Adderbury Village MM and others Banbury Guardian Morris sides come together for Adderbury Day of Dance
25/04/2016 The King’s Morris Lynn News Early May Day start for the King’s Morris
25/04/2016 1st Sedgley MM Evesham Journal Party in Priory Park
25/04/2016 Ripley MM Derby Telegraph Six ideas for a fun-filled May bank holiday weekend in Derbyshire (number 4)
24/04/2016 Grimsby MM and many others The Press Pictures and video - Morris dancers throng York
23/04/2016 Leicester MM Leicester Mercury St George's Day celebrations featured a range of activities
23/04/2016 Wyvern Jubilee MM and others :) Western Gazette World-famous Morris dancers to visit Yeovil and West Dorset for May bank holiday
23/04/2016 Plymouth MM The Herald St George's Day: Plymouth celebrates in style as horses and Morris dancers take centre stage
23/04/2016 Ripley MM Derby Telegraph RIPLEY MAYOR: ‘The town has a lot to offer’
23/04/2016 Ewell St Mary's MM Daily Telegraph England is Shakespeare
22/04/2016 Taunton Deane MM Wellington Weekly News Morris men at May Day event
22/04/2016 Greensleeves MM, Chanctonbury Ring MM and others Daily Mail Glories of Britain to see this spring - Part Six: Twenty gloriously eccentric spring festivals
21/04/2016 Men of Wight On the Wight See in May Day with the Magnificent Men of Wight Morris Dancers
20/104/2016 Ripley MM Matlock Mercury Derbyshire teen in running for Young Folk Musician of the Year
19/04/2016 Plymouth MM The Herald Knights, dragons and horses to parade through Plymouth on St George's Day
18/04/2016 Coventry MM Coventry Observer St George’s Day set to be celebrated in style at Grade I listed church
16/04/2016 Greensleeves MM Wimbledon Guardian Wimbledon to be one of four places in London to light beacon for Queen's 90th birthday
16/04/2016 Wyvern Jubilee MM Western Gazette Celebrate St George's Day in a unique way in Yeovil
13/04/2016 Ripley MM Matlock Mercury A Weekend of live music
13/04/2016 Dartington MM The Herald Devon film about maverick Morris dancers needs your support
12/04/2016 Anker MM Nuneaton News Chilvers Coton annual festival returns again
31/03/2016 The King's Morris Lynn News Dancing in the streets in West Norfolk
30/03/2016 Joint Morris Organisation Northern Echo Celebrating Morris dancing
30/03/2016 Bathampton MM Frome Standard Daffodils stood tall in face of a battering from storm
30/03/2016 Icknield Way MM Oxford Mail Wantage Town Council council invites the whole town to join its £10,000 royal rumble
29/03/2016 Middleton Pace Eggers Rochdale News Middleton Pace Eggers celebrate 50 years
29/03/2016 Saddleworth MM Oldham Evening Chronicle Bells and whistles usher in new season
29/03/2016 The King's Morris Eastern Daily Press Morris men dance on, despite the wet and windy weather
26/03/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Saddleworth Morris Men dance in the streets for first outing of the year
25/03/2016 Rutland MM Rutland Times Day of celebrations planned to mark reopening of Oakham Castle
24/03/2016 Blackheath MM Heritage Daily Lifting and Heaving: A 19th century Easter custom
23/03/2016 Saddleworth MM Oldham Chronicle Out and about again - with bells on
21/03/2016 Saddleworth MM Saddleworth Independent Saddleworth Morris Men return for first dance of the year
21/03/2016 Packington MM Burton Mail Blazing tunnels and bouts of wrestling entertained thousands of thrill-seekers
201/03/2016 Ewell St Mary's MM Epsom Guardian Gardeners, beekeepers, Morris dancers, puppeteers and 'Queen Elizabeth II' celebrate Herald of Spring in Ewell
03/03/2016 Stafford MM Express and Star Staffordshire Heritage Group's flag design knot to be missed
27/02/2016 Whitchurch MM Bucks Heratld Pupils take to morris dancing in the playground
02/02/2016 Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers Oxford Mail Apple trees awake from their slumbers at Wassailers festival from Abingdon Carbon Cutters
02/02/2016 Taunton Deane MM This Is The West Country Taunton Deane Morris Men jig for cancer charity
28/01/2016 Rutland MM Rutland Times Ketton to host its own wassailing event
26/01/2016 Adlington MM Macclesfield Express Adlington Morris Men raise hundreds for cancer charities with Mummers play
22/01/2016 Mendip MM Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury Wassail away with Thatchers
21/01/2016 Oakworth Village MM Keighley News £500 donation given to Yorkshire Air Ambulance by Oakworth Village Morris Men
19/01/2016 Taunton Deane MM (not Vale!) Western Gazette Bere Cider Company near Aller welcomes Taunton Vale Morris Men for wassail
19/01/2016 Grimsby MM Market Rasen Mail Awaking the spirits at Caistor
18/01/2016 Grimsby MM Grimsby Telegraph Wassail! The bizarre ritual of pinning pieces of toast on apple trees - pictures!
18/01/2016 Silurian MM Ross Gazette A wet but wonderful Wassail