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Morris dancers from Northumberland to Nottinghamshire want to come to Newark next year for a bigger and better festival.

Morris dancing plays a large part at the Newark Traditions Festival, filling the town’s streets with colour, music and dance.

After missing two years because of the coronavirus pandemic the festival returns next year and hopes to be bigger and better than ever.

Two Step from Northumberland. (51894657)
Two Step from Northumberland. (51894657)

Ten traditional dance teams, from Lincolnshire to Leicestershire and Northumberland to Nottinghamshire, have already said that they intend to take part next year and many more are expected to join them.

It is due to take place over the weekend of July 15-17, 2022.

The Maids of Clifton from Nottingham. (51894654)
The Maids of Clifton from Nottingham. (51894654)

Early plans for the festival include a rapper sword dance tour in some of Newark’s pubs on the Friday evening and lots of morris, sword and clog dancing on the Saturday and Sunday.

“We are also trying to arrange as many other events as we can, such as a Saturday evening ceilidh, workshops, folk plays and song and music sessions,” said Mike Everett, the festival’s dance organiser.

“We are looking forward to getting together again to entertain the people of Newark and its visitors as we fill the streets with dancing.”

Lincoln and Micklebarrow Morris from Newark. (51894662)
Lincoln and Micklebarrow Morris from Newark. (51894662)

The festival always welcomes offers of help and expressions of interest.

Any individual, organisation or business that would like to be involved can contact Newark Traditions Festival through its Facebook page.

Black Annis Morris from Leicester. (51894651)
Black Annis Morris from Leicester. (51894651)


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