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Upton Occasional Morris

In the first quarter of the last century there was a group of Upton people who performed local traditional dances - Morris Dances - in and around Upton. This died out 90 years ago. A local man - John Bradshaw - thought it was a pity that the tradition had stopped. He collected a number of like-minded local people to join him to recreate the dances, based on the records made when they were last performed.

So, on February 25th 2017, for the first time in nearly a century, the Upton dances have been danced in Upton by local dancers. They then proceeded to Hanley Castle, another place the original dancers visited, to dance again and for light refreshment.

The "Occasional's" only dance in the winter months, as did their predecessors who were "busking" to help them through the lean times when outdoor work was subject to bad weather. The group will welcome more dancers and musicians when they restart practicing in the autumn.

To join Upton Occasional Morris or for further information please contact
The Squire, John Bradshaw (john@jrbpub.net)
or The Foreman, Richard Hannah (Ghostie.Hannah@outlook.com)

Photographs © M. Selman 2017


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Photographs © M. Selman 2017