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As has been the case with all dance teams, this year’s dance programme was decimated by the Lockdown, with all performances cancelled. We were looking forward to a busy dance season, which would have included performing locally and in Marsden, Holmfirth, Scarborough, Lytham St Annes, Whitby, Settle and Poulton le Fylde.

As holders of the Yorkshire Coast Morris’ Gordon Crowther Staff in 2019, we would normally have handed it over to the 2020 winners at the Scarborough Weekend of Dance in early July. Of course this was not possible this year, and the winning team was chosen virtually from on-line submissions of performances. Newburgh Morris were the winners and Helen recently made the trip to Lancashire to hand over the Staff.


We’ve kept in touch via WhatsApp and enjoyed a couple of socially distanced picnics – one in Roberts Park, Saltaire and one in Marsden Park, where we toasted Mac’s “special” birthday. During August we took advantage of the light evenings to meet up and practice – socially distancing of course – in Roberts Park. It was wonderful to dance with each other again. There’s no knowing when we’ll all be performing again but let’s hope that it won’t be too long.


Feet First’s Dance Display “All About the Feet”

Feet First’s Dance Display “All About the Feet”

Sheffield Winter Gardens

For the final event of the season, we were very proud to be invited to join Feet First, arguably the UK’s best Appalachian dance team, in their Dance Display in the beautiful Winter Gardens in Sheffield along with Clogarhythm and Cricket On The Hearth.

With very appreciative audiences throughout the day, we enjoyed dancing and socialising with the other teams.

Sadly it was the last dance out for our musicians of over 20 years standing, Paul and Rita. Following a speech and presentation of flowers, we danced as they played “Laughing Boy” for the last time – very emotional for us all. We will miss Paul and Rita, but look forward to the soon to be held farewell meal when we’ll all get together and wish them a fond farewell.

Winning the Scarborough Staff

Summer 2019 Update

Thursday, 20th June

Dancing at the Bandstand in Roberts Park with Buttercross Belles

A lovely summer’s evening – we enjoyed dancing with several other teams in such a lovely spot.

Friday to Sunday, 21 – 23rd June

Yorkshire Coast Weekend, Scarborough

Although several members of the team have enjoyed participating in this event in Scarborough in the past as part of Rainbow Morris, it was a first for Fiddle ‘n’ Feet.  At the pub get together on Friday evening, we joined several other teams for an evening of music and socializing.  It was great to be able to catch up with old friends.  We did some impromptu dancing on the lovely wooden floor – we went down very well!

Saturday morning saw all teams gathering in Peaseholme Park.  We enjoyed dancing in such lovely surroundings.  We danced by the harbour in the afternoon to an appreciative crowd.  At the evening ceilidh we enjoyed home made food prepared by our hosts and a few ceilidh dances.  Musician Mac was persuaded to sing his popular “Lidl Aldi” song.  Unbeknown to him, we dancers had prepared a skit – holding up various drawings of items of merchandise behind him as he mentioned them (inflatable dinghy, hairy bacon….!).  It went down a storm.

Scarborough Castle was the setting for Sunday morning – a wonderful place with fantastic views.  In the afternoon, all teams met at the harbour for more dancing, including their showcase dances.  Then came the annual presentation of the Gordon Crowther Staff, awarded to the team who showed the most “spirit of the dance”.  WE WON IT!!!!  How proud were we!  We all then processed on to the beach to dance the Dorset Four Hand Reel as usual, following which dancers from all teams formed a circle around the musicians to sing Auld Lang Syne.  At last – the run into the sea!  Helen B had provided blue short leggings to tuck our dresses into and had made gorgeous blue sparkly handkerchiefs for us all – we joined hands and the run began, followed by a “splash about” rendition of the Circle Dance!

We had a wonderful weekend and look forward to returning next year.  “Gordon” will have a great year, being wielded proudly at dance outs.

Sunday, 30th June

Performance at Hale Charity’s Open Gardens Charity Day, Baildon

Following our performance in Baildon Community Garden, we enjoyed refreshments at one of the Open Gardens in the village.

Monday, 26th August

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Haworth and The Royal Public House, Crossflatts

On Bank Holiday Monday, we performed at the KWVR Haworth, followed by an evening’s dancing at “The Royal” in Crossflatts.

Saturday, 7th September

Settle Folk Gathering

It was nice once again to meet and dance in the square with our friends from various teams.

Saturday, 28th September

Mucky Mountains Morris Weekend of Dance, St Helens

At the start of the day we once again enjoyed refreshments in the Quaker Meeting Rooms – the oldest building in St Helens.  Although the terrible weather forced us indoors, we were lucky to have the opportunity to dance with several other teams in the Glass Museum.  At one point musicians from several teams took advantage of the “echo” quality of the large disused kiln which now forms part of the entrance to the museum.  The music they produced was magical.  Lunch in the café was also good!

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Saturday, 27th April – Cuckoo Day, Marsden

Monday, 6th May – Skipton Waterways Festival

Saturday, 11th May – Holmfirth Festival

Saturday, 25th May – Leeds Morris Men’s Yorkshire Dales Tour – Skipton/Malham

Saturday, 7th June – Kern Morris Day of Dance, Durham


We are really enjoying dancing out this season, despite the dreadful weather.  Of the five dance outs completed so far – none have been rain free but all have been extremely enjoyable.  We’ve managed to dodge the showers and have danced inside pubs etc.  We’re looking forward to experiencing at least one “dry” performance (as in rain free, not beer, wine …!)

Settle Folk Gathering, Saturday, 2nd September 2017

We had a fantastic day at the Settle Folk Gathering, dancing with our hosts Flagcrackers of Craven, and fellow guest teams Buttercross Belles, Crook Morris and YonLot in the Market Square.  The weather was very kind to us and we were received most enthusiastically by large crowds.  We were also given the opportunity to perform a dance, Laughing Boy, in Victoria Hall in front of Mike Harding and an appreciative audience.

A great time was had by all!

Amounderness Ladies Morris Day of Dance, Chorley

Amounderness Ladies Morris Day of Dance, Chorley

We had a great day in Chorley, as guests of Amounderness Ladies Morris.  We joined 11 other teams to dance in the centre of town in our new kit and on our new boards.  We received many compliments about our dresses and Mac, who has done a fantastic job in making the boards, was congratulated by many of the teams on his fantastic workmanship.  They were a pleasure to dance on.

Thanks to Amounderness Ladies for their wonderful hospitality – lots of refreshments (including huge sandwiches at lunch time) kept us going throughout the day, with lovely cakes on offer at the finish of dancing.

The fantastic weather completed a day to remember.