Allington Morris dancers need new members or will have to fold

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A Morris dancing group is in danger of folding only months after celebrating its 25th anniversary in July last year.

The team came together as an attraction at the then Gala Day and has continued for 25 years entertaining locally and attending countrywide Morris events. It celebrated the anniversary last year with a Strictly Come Morris event in the village. The side has attracted both dancers and musicians not only from the village but from a wide area.

A spokesman for the side said: “Unfortunately this season we are now becoming too small to be viable and it has been decided that if our numbers are not swelled in time for May Day we will sadly have to hang up our bells and baldricks. Allington Morris will be a tradition lost.”

To enable the team to continue to dance it needs at least two new dancing members. The spokesman added: “Allington Morris is a friendly mixed village side. The dancing keeps you fit, it’s fun and usually ends with a well earned drink at the Welby. Don’t think you have to be an expert! Your enthusiasm will make up for any lack of fitness or co-ordination. In fact the majority of our existing dancers had no experience before joining the side.

“If by the traditional start of the Morris season, May 1, we have no new members then Allington Morris will fold and our traditional first dance out of the season at the Welby will be our last performance.”

Allington Morris is holding new member sessions from tomorrow onwards (Thursday, February 6) in the village hall, from 8.15pm to 9.45pm. New members are invited to put on their trainers, go along and give it a try or meet the team and have a chat.

You can contact Allington Morris through the village website at or contact Mary by email at or phone 01400 281671.