Morris dancing group celebrates landmark year

Morris dancers
Morris dancers

Glemsford morris dancers returned triumphant after celebrating their 20th anniversary with a four-day fundraising tour of West Cornwall.

The Morris Men of Little Egypt, comprising of 12 dancers, travelled with their families to Newlyn’s Fishermen’s Mission, raising awareness of the charity by dancing in public at several venues.

Group memeber John Bangs, 64, first became aware of the charity when he visited the centre while on a boating trip to Ireland.

“It’s such a worthy cause,” said John. “They actually do stuff and are very practical. They’re not evangelical or preachy at all, but actively do something to help people.”

The Fishermen’s Mission fights poverty in fishing communities by providing emergency and welfare support to fishermen and their families.

Keith Dixon, superintendant of Newlyn’s Fishermen’s Mission, said: “They were wonderful, quintessentially English eccentrics. They attracted attention even after dancing for a few minutes.

“We’re very appreciative of the Morris Men. They were fantastic people and it was really amazing of them to do this.”

While looking to raise awareness of the mission, the Morris Men of Little Egypt also succeeded in raising £50 for the cause.

John said: “Being a fisherman is a tough time, and a dangerous one.

“There are times when you can lose fingers or even a life. They don’t just look after the fishermen, but also the wives and girlfriends and the posthumous side of things too.”

The mission itself survives solely on voluntary donations. To donate or to find out more, go to www.fishermensmission.org.uk.