Morris bells jingle in city centre dance spectacular

Members of the Micky Mountain Morris, at Barkers Pool,for 'the massed Morris dance in Sheffield Sat May 14th
Members of the Micky Mountain Morris, at Barkers Pool,for 'the massed Morris dance in Sheffield Sat May 14th

THE sound of jingling bells, clashing sticks, accordions, concertinas and fiddles could be heard as hundreds of folk dancers took to city centre precincts and squares.

Male and female dancers moved between more than a dozen locations as Sheffield hosted a national morris spectacular.

Members from the Peterborough  Morris' taking part in the massed Morris dance in Sheffield Sat May 14th

Members from the Peterborough Morris' taking part in the massed Morris dance in Sheffield Sat May 14th

The event - backed by the Morris Ring, the Morris Federation and Open Morris - is held annually at different places around the UK. Next year it will be in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Dominic Rice, squire of Sheffield City Morris Men, said: “We had a good day and the rain held off. There were around 50 to 60 teams from across the country who came along, meaning between 800 and 1,000 dancers.”

Sheffield City Morris will be at Rivelin School’s May Festival on Saturday, and they will join a dancing in the Peak District on June 4 and 5, at the old Hassop Station, Bakewell town centre and Monsal Head.

*Folk on two legs, page 8.