Morris troupe take to the Peaks for dance weekend

The Sheffield City Morris Men dance on the Monsal Viaduct as part of their 'weekend of dance' event.
The Sheffield City Morris Men dance on the Monsal Viaduct as part of their 'weekend of dance' event.
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MORRIS dancers from Sheffield took advantage of the sunny weather to perform in the Peak District countryside as part of their annual weekend of dance event.

The Sheffield City Morris Men danced through the Headstone Tunnel, near Great Longstone and high up on the Monsal Viaduct, before performing at several spots around Bakewell town centre.

The troupe camped at the Thornbridge Outdoors Centre together with guests from three other dance teams across England - the Anstey Royal Chalfont from Leicestershire, the Flag and Bone Gang from Harrogate, and Sheffield’s Sciorr Irish Dancers.

Formerly part of the Midland Railway, the Headstone Tunnel reopened last month after being shut since the line closed in 1968.

It now forms part of the Monsal Trail walking route.

Dominic Rice, the Morris Men’s squire, said: “Our visitors enjoyed the good weather and the wonderful scenery, as well as the appreciative crowds.”

The group are looking for new members, and from mid-September will be practising every Monday evening at the Burton Street Centre in Hillsborough.

The dancers are also performing at the Greystones pub tonight from 7.45pm.

Visit www.citymorris.f9.co.uk for more information.