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It's that time of year again where we go to the annual Sidmouth Folk Festival and enjoy the dancing and music throughout the town.

Each day there is a parade, and here we have the dance group 'Gog Magog Molly'. They originate from Cambridge and that region.
"During the 19th century, agricultural workers from the East Anglian region of England engaged in a winter-time street performance known as Molly dancing.
Disguised then, with blackened faces and women's clothing, they performed versions of local social dances in exchange for largess. (donations of money)
Due to changes in agricultural practices, social reforms and wartime fatalities, Molly dancing became extinct by 1940.

Obviously, it has now been revived, insomuch as people get together and practise the dances, then go out and share at events such as this.
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