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Touring dancers entertain crowds

FUN: Members of Quicksbottom Morris from British Columbia wearing red and white with members of Stone the Crows Border Morris Men in black costumes at The Gables, Leyland.

FUN: Members of Quicksbottom Morris from British Columbia wearing red and white with members of Stone the Crows Border Morris Men in black costumes at The Gables, Leyland.

Morris dancers flew more than 4,000 miles to keep the people of Lancashire entertained at the weekend.

The Quicksbottom Morris dancers from British Columbia in Canada, visited the county to find out more about the origin of their performances.

Leyland’s own Stone the Crows Border Morris group played host to the Canadian team over the weekend, which marked the start of the dancers’ UK tour.

Murray Riggs from Stone the Crows said: “As you can imaging Morris dancing is not very common in Canada and there are only 20 sides across the whole country so Quicksbottom are visiting the UK to find the origins of the traditional dances they perform and to learn new dances and have a few beers with their English counterparts.”

On Saturday both teams danced in Leyland town centre before moving on to Rufford Old Hall and later on they enjoyed a traditional Lancashire evening.

Murray added: “It was a brilliant day. When we were in Leyland it had started to rain but a few people stopped to watch, then at Rufford Old Hall we danced inside and the response was amazing.”

Yesterday they performed at Clitheroe Castle and Whittingham Social Club family fun day.

“It’s been a hectic weekend.” Murray added, “The group had contacted us via Facebook, a few of them had come over earlier and the rest followed on Friday, there’s 20 of them all together.

“On Saturday we met up at Farington School where we usually meet to practice on a Thursday night.

“They taught us a dance and we taught them a dance.”

The two groups rounded off the weekend with a private barbecue and today the Quicksbottom is heading to Shropshire for the next leg of the visit.

Stone The Crows has around 40 members who all share a passion for English traditional dance.

To find out about upcoming events visit: www.stonethecrows.org.uk

 

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