“DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS” – THE PENARTH WAY

The fearsome "Upton Stick Dance " beign performed by Cardiff Morris in Glebe Street, Penarth last night

The fearsome “Upton Stick Dance ” being performed by Cardiff Morris in Glebe Street, Penarth last night (Photo Andrew Wilcox)

It might not have been quite at the tempo  of Martha and the Vandellas  – but last night there was literally ‘dancing in the streets’ in  Penarth .

Outside the Golden Lion pub in Glebe St a group of Morris Dancers  performed, amongst other numbers, a dangerous looking  “Upton stick dance”-  derived from the Morris Dancers of Upton on Severn.

Pub customers and local residents were an appreciative audience as Cardiff Morris performed their spectacular routines

Pub customers and local residents were an appreciative audience as Cardiff Morris performed their spectacular routines (Photo Andrew Wilcox)

They strutted their stuff to the accompaniment of an accordion and a lively renderings of some traditional country ditties.

The dancers – all members of Cardiff Morris (Morys Caerdydd) – performed outside the The Albion pub in Glebe St before wending their way to the Golden Lion further up the road to perform just as darkness fell at 21:00.

Morris dancers traditionally have right of way on all roads - including the streets of Penarth

Morris dancers traditionally have right of way on all roads – including the streets of Penarth (Photo Andrew Wilcox)

Local motorists  perhaps didn’t realise that the ancient tradition of Morris Dancing on the streets predates the motor car by several centuries and that under the law , as pedestrians, Morris dancers always have the automatic right of  way.

Last night’s performances in Glebe St had been almost a year in the planning and were well received by local residents and by the customers of both the Golden Lion and the Albion.

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7 Responses to “DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS” – THE PENARTH WAY

  1. Brickie says:

    Sounds great, sorry to have missed it

  2. penarthblog says:

    I would have loved to have seen that.

  3. Graham Breller says:

    So, does a Morris Dancer have right of way over a Morris Oxford? What about an Audi Pardner in a hoedown?

  4. Mgg says:

    A young one is called a Morris minor

  5. Wayne Coates says:

    I did morris dansing and got arested for crinimal damige to the roof and bonnit.

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