As many of you will have seen, further advice has been issued by the Government regarding the Coronavirus epidemic. We would urge all sides to take this Government advice seriously and act accordingly.
Early arrivers can meet for breakfast at the Draper's Arms. Then it's a walking tour of the ancient and modern city centre.
There will be dance spots in the recently modernised Cathedral Square (with the Guildhall as a backdrop), St John's Square (next to the city's 11thcentury parish church), outside the 1930s Town Hall, and inside the Cathedral precinct. For lunch there is a wide choice of food outlets, cafes and bars.
Times are going to be tough for all associated with supporting the Morris World. Perhaps now is the time to update your kit, learn a new instrument or some new songs. Use the links to keep these businesses going!
Just to remind you that there are only two weeks to go to effect Personal Accident Insurance if you missed the January date or if you have additional Side members between 16 and 74 to add to your existing cover.
Thaxted MM have taken the not-unexpected decision to cancel this year's Thaxted Morris Weekend due to be held on May 29 to 31. It is the first cancellation since 1945. Sides that have already accepted the invitation to attend will be contacted directly.
Stay well especially my fellow over-70s
Jack Brown passed away peacefully on the morning of March 5th after a long life lived to the full. He leaves a wonderful legacy and our thoughts go out to his family and to the many close friends in the Morris world.
There will now not be a wake following the cremation service, but a later celebration is planned.
As a result of Covid 19 running The Liverpool JMO DoD as the high profile event it is meant to be has become impractical even if we are able to hold it at all.
As a result, with the kind agreement of our fellow Morris organisations, The Morris Federation and Open Morris the decision has been made to postpone the event until April 2021. The exact date to follow.
We understand that many of you have already made plans and we can only apologise for the problems this may cause but I am sure you will understand.
Simon Newman has been elected the next squire of the Morris ring at the Annual Representatives Meeting yesterday (14th March 2020). It was a close run election with Nigel Strudwick of Devil’s Dyke Morris Men, who was the first to congratulate him after the announcement of the voting.
This edition of The Morris Dancer is a particularly lengthy one. It contains articles by authors well - respected in their field, well researched and for me, makes this perhaps the best edition Mac has had the honour to edit so far. He has always tried to be both interesting and challenging in the selection of material for the Dancer, and not avoiding a bit of controversy is a good start in achieving such an aim. He hopes you will find the following pages as interesting and informative as he does.
"And let those that play your clowns say no more than is set down" - advice that Will Kemp may have done well to follow!
In 1600 Will Kemp, the most famous comic and clown of his generation and Will Shakespeare, most famous playwright in history, fell out in an argument over a play. Shakespeare stayed in London, writing for The Lord Chamberlain's Men and producing the plays still renowned the world over. Kemp embarked on a bizarre PR stunt, Morris dancing from London to Norwich.