Morris magic

Morris Dancers descended o0n Scarborough this weekend and put on dancing displays around the town., they are pictured by the Town Hall during one of their saturday displays. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113995
Morris Dancers descended o0n Scarborough this weekend and put on dancing displays around the town., they are pictured by the Town Hall during one of their saturday displays. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113995
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MORRIS dancers from all over the north of England converged on Scarborough for a colourful festival.

Scores of dancers, calling themselves “Freaks on the beach”, entertained spectators in various locations including Aberdeen Walk, the Town Hall gardens, the harbour, Scarborough Castle and the Scalby Mills pub.

The event was hosted by Scarborough-based Yorkshire Coast Morris and featured the lively and exuberant “Border” style of Morris dancing.

Group member John Gorton said: “It’s amazing - everyone is having a ball and the weather is fantastic.”

Fellow dancer Vic Parsons, of Loughborough, was performing in Scarborough for the first time, despite having been a Morris dancer for 40 years.

He said: “It’s fantastic - the best fun you can have with your clothes on!”

Musician and dancer Ken Oliver, of Grimsby, provided music on the accordion.

He said his visual impairment hasn’t stopped him enjoying Morris dancing for around 38 years.

The dancers sported colourful tatter jackets, face paints and bells on their feet.

Anyone interested in Morris dancing is welcome to join the Scarborough group every Thursday at the Sea Cadets Hall, East Sandgate, from 8pm.