Arts & Heritage Procession and Dancing

Come and see the colourful, costumed Arts and Heritage procession as it wends its way from Lichfield Cathedral Close, down Dam Street, across the Market Square – where it will be greeted by the Mayor and Sheriff – into Market Street finally arriving at The Brewhouse and Kitchen in Bird Street.

It will leave Cathedral Close at 11am on Saturday 23 October, prior to which you will be entertained by many different styles of Morris from Sides from across the Midlands. Arts and Heritage groups taking part in this year’s procession include: Lichfield Arts, Wildfire Folk, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Erasmus Darwin Museum, Lichfield Lighthouse Company, Lichfield Twinning Association Plus Lichfield Folk Dance Club .

‘Dancing in the City’ at L2F is fast becoming one of the premier traditional dance events in the Midlands with more sides than ever giving an amazingly colourful and eye-catching display. Sides from across the wider region will gather in Lichfield City Centre on Saturday 23rd October to give fascinating and fun-filled demonstrations of toe-tapping Morris styles. Several styles of Morris Dancing are on show including:

Border Morris which is a tradition that comes from the borders of Wales and England and is characterised by stick-clashing, the wearing of ‘rag jackets’ and painted faces.

Northwest Clog Morris which is characterised by the wearing of clogs and where many of the dances originate from the towns and cities of the North West of England.

Cotswold Morris where the set dances include handkerchief dances, processional dances, stick dances and hand clapping dances

The following sides have confirmed and you will be able to see them dancing in the city outside The Guildhall, in front of B&M, at Speakers Corner and in Dam Street near Lloyds Bank from 11.40am until 3pm.

Supported by Lichfield Cathedral

Three spires morris

Formed in 1982, the name is taken from the three spires of the Cathedral in our home city of Lichfield. Three Spires dance mainly Northwest Clog Morris.

Beggars’ Oak Clog

Started in 1983 – a mixed clog Morris team dancing in the North West tradition. The Beggars’ Oak was a great tree which stood on the Bagot Estate near Abbots Bromley.

Pennyroyal Garland Dancers

A group of enthusiastic folk dancers based in north-west Leicestershire. They currently perform two main styles of dance, garland and clog dances.

Winster Morris Dancers

A flourishing mixed traditional side who dance only dances in the Winster tradition, of which there are now fifteen. Winster Morris Dancers are a Derbyshire side and date from 1863, or possibly earlier.

Severn Gilders

A women’s team who were named after the workers – the Gilders – who put the gold decorative edging on the china made in the famous Coalport factory that was located on the banks of the River Severn.

Bakanalia Border Morris

Bakanalia Border Morris are a mixed border side from Leicestershire.

Glorishers of Brummagem

A Cotswold side from Birmingham who dance in the Molly tradition as well. This year they will be dancing in the Cotswold style.

Mortimers Morris

A lively women’s side based in Nottingham, performing Morris dances from the North West tradition with enthusiasm and style.

Nancy Butterfly

Nancy Butterfly were formed in 1980. They dance in the north-west tradition.

Plus

Lichfield Regency Dancers