The Earlsdon Morris Men have accepted our invitation to join us on stage at Dancing England. They are superb practitioners of the North West Morris style and have promised us a loud and tight spot courtesy of their fabulous band and excellent dancing.
The North West Morris style originated during the industrial revolution, particularly in the cotton mill towns of Lancashire in the north west of England. The ordinary working men of the time danced in their everyday clothes – knee breeches and heavy iron shod clogs. To add colour to their drab costumes, bright sashes were worn and flowers were woven into garlands and placed around the traditional bowler hat. The dancing thrived with every town and village sporting a side. The standards were extremely high and the competition fierce.
They strive to maintain that tradition and heritage by not only continuing to dance traditional steps but also by rigorously practising to maintain the quality of their performances. Equally important is the standard of dress, music and general presentation, which they believe are integral parts of the spectacle of North West Morris. They formed in 1971, with their base in the village of Earlsdon, in Coventry.