Morris Men plan day of dance in Horsham

Horsham Markets Local Produce Market will go medieval for the day.
Horsham Markets Local Produce Market will go medieval for the day.

A DAY of dance will be held by the Broadwood Morris Men in Horsham town centre on Saturday May 12 2012.

This year they are celebrating 40 years of performing the Morris Dance, where there will be Longsword displays and the Rusper Mummer’s Play, keeping local heritage alive with the help of Horsham District Council.

Keith Haynes, the current squire of the Broadwood Morris Men, said: “We are pleased to have over 30 sides coming to our annual Day of Dance in Horsham town centre this year.

“As well as Cotswold Morris sides, they include Border Morris sides with their blackened faces and vigorous style, Clog Dancers, the ladies of Magog with their Garland Dances and Highland dancing from Scotland.

“We welcome back the Pentacle Drummers from Eastbourne with their spectacular display of drumming and new this year we are very pleased to welcome our youngest side, in both senses, the Farlington Belles. They are venturing out for their first display in public, much as Broadwood did forty years ago.”

Supporting the festival of Morris dancing, Horsham Markets Local Produce Market will be going all medieval for the day. There is an inter-stall competition for the best stalls and they hope to reproduce their popular medieval menu once again.

Look out for the food on offer as it was back then – fresh meat, eggs and delicious local fruit and veg. Bread was always a staple and today both markets have flourishing bakery stalls.

For more information visit the market’s website.