Morris tradition is set to get more-ish

The Sheffield Morris Men do their traditional dance outside the Cathedral
The Sheffield Morris Men do their traditional dance outside the Cathedral
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They have kept the tradition alive for more than four decades – and now Sheffield City Morris Men are preparing for one of their biggest years yet.

The troupe, which formed in 1975 with the aim of making Morris dancing an entertaining spectacle in an urban environment, is planning a variety of events to mark their milestone anniversary.

Members kicked off the 2015 celebrations by performing for crowds outside Sheffield Cathedral.

The traditional performance moved back to the cathedral after a year outside St Marie’s RC Cathedral due to work on the former’s forecourt.

Dominic Rice, the group’s squire, said many more events were on the agenda.

He said: “We have planned several events for this ruby anniversary, including a big day of dance in Sheffield city centre in June, culminating in an evening ceilidh in Sheffield Cathedral.

“Also, I’ve muttered something about running the Sheffield half marathon in April wearing my morris kit.”

The group has danced at folklore festivals in Europe and even South America since its inception.

From 1988, it has expanded to include several dance styles.

Now the group is inviting new members to come forward and give the pastime a try.

Dominic said: “If anyone has ever had the merest inkling that they would like to have a go at morris dancing, they should come along and have a try.

“And we are not exclusive, anyone who has never had the merest inkling that they would like to have a go at morris dancing can also come along.”

The group practises every Monday from 7.45pm at the Burton Street Centre, Hillsborough, and then moves on to the Gardener’s Rest pub on Neepsend Lane.