The weekly photo challenge isn’t Morris dancers (if it was, I’m not sure many entries there’d be, though I certainly don’t underestimate the WordPress community). It’s Roy G. Biv – all the colours of the rainbow.
We saw these morris dancers resting their clogs during a break at the Saddleworth Rushcart: a traditional Morris Ring meeting that attracts many teams of dancers. To kick off the proceedings, around 150 Morris Men pull a rushcart up a surprisingly steep hill.
A jockey has the honour of riding the precarious, 14ft pile of rushes – and of designing the banner that decorates the cart. Previous years’ banners are displayed in St Chad’s church in Uppermill: each commemorates a special event, person or anniversary.
The enthusiastic family crowd, colourful dancers, musicians and traditional activities such as gurning make for a great day out – or you can camp on site for a small fee. If you’ve never been before, expect to meet lots of characterful people and to see some interesting photo opportunities. Oh, and you can treat yourself to some Lancashire delicacies, including one of my favourites – potato pie and mushy peas!
The 2015 Rushcart is from 6pm Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August. Please check the website before travelling. The English Folk Dance and Song Society website has details of events – and 80,000 pages of traditional songs, dances, tunes and customs. For more about Morris Men, visit the official website The Morris Ring.