50 years of dancing, 2018

50 Years of Dancing logoBrighton Morris emerged as a separate entity from the University of Sussex side in 1967, dancing out for the first time in 1968.

Since then we have created our own brand of (we hope) entertaining Cotswold dances, including several written by one of our members in our very own “Lewes Tradition”.

Scroll down for some pictures, including some from the early days.

2018 is our 50th dancing season. In the intervening half century we have

  • carried out notorious (and notoriously drunken) raids on Nottingham, Edinburgh and other unsuspecting university towns
  • established our annual Day of Dance, inviting morris teams to Brighton & Hove in celebration of our shared culture
  • helped promote a new green walking and cycle path in France
  • joined in town twinning celebrations between Lewes and the French city of Blois (including two visits to Blois)
  • spent a weekend in Drumshambo, Eire, that will live long in the memory
  • twice visited Germany at the invitation of the the local male voice choir in Oberturkheim, Stuttgart
  • played a supporting role in the renaissance of English folk singer Shirley Collins OBE, our patron and friend
  • and along the way, danced at many local pubs, brought smiles to thousands of people, their children and dogs, provided photo-opportunities for tourists of many nations, modelled for a fashion shoot, sung ourselves hoarse, and supported our local brewery, the famous Harvey’s of Lewes (we won’t be druv).

We look forward to seeing you in 2018.