Woodside Morris to see in the summer season with daybreak dance

Woodside Morris to see in the summer season with dancing at dawn.

Woodside Morris to see in the summer season with dancing at dawn.

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Watford's very own morris men, Woodside Morris, will be dancing in the town on Thursday, May 1.

This annual celebration sees them performing at dawn in Cassiobury Park, by the canal bridge, and at dawn by St Mary's Church in the town centre.

Performing a mix of traditional dances from the Cotswold area and those penned by themselves, Woodside have something of a reputation for good dancing and enjoyable company.

May 1  marks the beginning of their summer season and morris men have been dancing on this day for hundreds of years by way of welcoming in the fine weather and bringing good luck for the year's harvest.

In addition to these public displays, May Day also sees the side dancing at private events at two local schools, Merry Hill in Bushey and Knutsford in Watford.

The Woodside Morris Men have been dancing as a side since 1957 and have been based in Watford since the mid 1960s.

They dance out most Wednesdays in spring and summer at venues throughout south west Hertfordshire.

They attend various festivals and other events in the UK and the highlight of 2014 is their return visit to Bensheim in Germany as guests at the Hessentag festival.

They are always on the lookout for men of any age who would like to try morris dancing. Anyone interested should call Nick Wilson on 07860 663033.

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10:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Watfordpete says...

Just to point out we are dancing at 5am (not midnight) in Cassiobury Park and, as above, by St Mary's at 1215pm i.e. lunchtime.

;-)

Thanks
Just to point out we are dancing at 5am (not midnight) in Cassiobury Park and, as above, by St Mary's at 1215pm i.e. lunchtime. ;-) Thanks Watfordpete
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