Bells ring out as group join the summer fun at Balby’s party in the park

Green Oak Morris Men Martin Sharman and Graham Potts at the party in the park event at Westfield Park, Balby
Green Oak Morris Men Martin Sharman and Graham Potts at the party in the park event at Westfield Park, Balby
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THE sound of bells rang out in Doncaster as one of the borough’s best known group of morris dancers turned out for summer fun.

Green Oak Morris Men Martin Sharman and Graham Potts even danced with MP Rosie Winterton as they showed off their traditional art at the party in the park event at Westfield Park, Balby.

Martin allowed one slight change to the usual morris dancer’s white attire though - he performed after his face was given a tiger design by the face painters who were also helping to entertain hundreds of visitors to the event, run at the park by Balby Littlemoor Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.

The tenants’ group has held the gala for eight years and uses the takings from the event to donate funds to local needy youngsters.

The gala this year also included fairground rides, a bouncy castle, a tombola, food, and martial arts.

The Westfield Park event was one of a number of fun days running in the borough over the weekend.

Across Doncaster in Armthorpe, the dancing was of a rather different variety, with Marilyn Baker School of Dance pupils performing a routine for the visitors to the Armthorpe Fun Day, run by the Armthorpe Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Their act had been due originally to be showcased on the school fields, but heavy rain put paid to that. Instead their performance was moved into the school sports hall.

It was the third year in a row the SNT has run the event, and the takings will be used toward the cost of the 2012 fun day.