Our annual festive tour on London’s South Bank accompanied by Greenwich Morris, Marlings (Edenbridge,Kent), Neap House (somewhere oop north) and Old Palace Clog (Croydon).
More pictures and video to follow
We were pleased to be part of the Marathon entertainment (and to get a passing audience of 40,000 – a record for North Wood!). Old Palace Clog (from Croydon) and members of the Greenwich Morris Men joined us for our own marathon of almost five hours of dance.
We are indebted to our supporter Anne Whitehouse for capturing this shot. A runner bearing what appeared to be a club or similar, leapt out from the race, clashed sticks a couple of times with Mick O’leary (left) then rejoined the throng.
Whilst gathering at East Croydon station before getting a train to London Bridge for our South Bank tour, we were approached by an officer of the British Transport Police. Apparently somebody had reported a sinister group of people with a bag of big sticks!
See it, say it, sorted….
Left to right: Brian Tasker, David Williams, Jon Wimhurst, “Alisa” (held aloft), Stephen Collingwood, Andy Ellis (minus waistcoat, don’t ask) and Mick O’Leary. A camera shy Brian Stewart is hiding behind David, top hat just visible.
We are indebted to Peter Taylor for providing the photographs.
The Bree Louise, near Euston station, was a proper pub. Over a dozen ales, home made pies and none of that fruit machine nor background music nonsense.
Sadly it was in the path of the HS2 project and scheduled for demolition.
The North Wood Morris had the sweet sorrow of performing there on the 27th January 2018 – the day before the last pint was pulled.
Part 1 featuring the following dances:-
- Saturday Night (hanky) – our usual opening number.
- Country Gardens (two sticks)
- Valentine (hanky)
- Young Collins (stick – including throwing!)
Part 2 with the following
- Balance The Straw (stick) – with a guest Morris Man who happened to be in the pub.
- Bromsberrow Heath (short stick) – with audience participation
- Cuckoo’s Nest (stick) – a Canadian import!
- Bonny Green Garter (hanky) – the traditional closing dance for Cotswold style sides.
With a big thank-you to our friend Anne Whitehouse for this video.