Photographer's Note

Dating it is said, from the late 15th century, Morris dancing is considered a uniquely English activity. It is a form of folk dance performed by troupes of men and women usually accompanied by simple music and is based on a series of rhythmic steps, that usually involves the waving of handkerchiefs, and the wielding of sticks and swords. Most dancers also wear small bells around their wrists and ankles. It is traditionally performed at Whitsun but nowadays predominately heralds the welcome arrival of English springtime and can also be danced around a Maypole. Troupes can now be found in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

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