FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS
Many towns celebrate festivals annually. Here in Kent we have the Hop Festival at Faversham, the Cockle Festival at Leigh, the Oyster Festival at Whitstable and the Sweeps Festival at Rochester – Morris dancing adds to the colourful scene.
The 1st of May is a very important date in the calendar of Morris dancing. It is traditional for several Morris sides to get together on a high location in their area and greet the sunrise to celebrate the beginning of Spring and the new life of flowers, crops etc.
It is often said that England does not have a traditional costume or dance, but Morris Dancing must surely be as near this as it is possible to be, dating back to Pagan times.
Try spotting a Green Man in most of our Cathedral architecture.
Morris and Clog dancers are very proud to be carrying on part of our English heritage.