Sword-dancing MP livens up annual town festival

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, is a new 'Rapper' star, but he won't be entering The X Factor anytime soon because, unfortunately, it's not that kind of rapper. ''Recently he indulged in the tradition of 'Rapper' sword dancing. At this year's Wath Festival Mr Healey rolled his trousers up, pulled on a pair of Maltby Phoenix Sword socks and joined them for a spirited rapper sword dance to the delight of the audience.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, is a new 'Rapper' star, but he won't be entering The X Factor anytime soon because, unfortunately, it's not that kind of rapper. ''Recently he indulged in the tradition of 'Rapper' sword dancing. At this year's Wath Festival Mr Healey rolled his trousers up, pulled on a pair of Maltby Phoenix Sword socks and joined them for a spirited rapper sword dance to the delight of the audience.
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MP John Healey’s a new star rapper - but not the quick-rhyming, urban music kind.

Instead the representative for Wentworth and Dearne picked up a blade for a spot of traditional rapper sword dancing.

Mr Healey joined the Maltby Phoenix Sword group at the annual Wath Festival, taking part in a spirited dance as audience members cheered him on. The same dance recently won the group the Open Class prize at this year’s Dancing England Rapper Tournament.

Dave Burley, from Maltby Phoenix, said the MP was ‘an amazingly good sport’.

“He was extremely impressed by all that our group has achieved over the past few years and anxious not to let us down,” Dave said.

“As it happened, his fears were totally unfounded as the audience’s overwhelming reaction showed.”

Mr Healey praised the group’s ‘enthusiasm and energy’.