St George's Day 2005

at the Hundon Rose and Crown

with the Haverhill Harlots and Green Dragon


Our first dancing out of the 2005 season was at the invitation of the Haverhill Harlots. Along with Green Dragon we met up at the Rose & Crown in Hundon ready for an invigorating evening where the Little Egypt men would display their mastery of a recently revived dance, Akenfield.

The musicians assemble

But first, preparations. Suffolk County, Tanners Jack and IPA had to be severely tested and compared before dancing could begin.

We'll dance when we're ready, ok?

Little Egypt was given the honour of the first dance and as tradition has it a spirited peformance of Ring O' Bells kicked off the evening. This had the crowds on their feet and cheering for Green Dragon to come on and start their set.
They put in a fine performance with much yipping and hollering ...

We'll show 'em

... before our hosts, the Harlots, took to the road with a perfectly executed example of the folk tradition.

When I wave my hand, you hit it ...

Over enthusiastic paperazzi failed to disrupt their precision.

This'll sell a million

By the time it was our turn to dance Four Up, musicians from each of the sides had joined forces to create a splendidly rhythmic band to force along the pace and test to the limit our sticking skills.

By the time it was our turn to dance Four Up, musicians from each of the sides had joined forces to create a splendidly rhythmic band to force along the pace and test to the limit our sticking skills.

But half way through the dance there was a perfunctory toot on a car horn as a large barge swept past musicians and dancers, disrupting what had up to that moment been a model of precision and style. It was only as the music stopped that we realised one of our finest drummers had been cruelly knocked sideways and down by this ill driven vehicle.

Before After

The before and after pictures clearly show the effect on the individual concerned. Once the local constabulary had been notified, dancing recommenced to the delight of the now substantial audience.

Road Rage in Hundon

Then the moment we'd waited for. Akenfield. We gathered, sticks in hand, all ready for the assured briefing from our esteemed Squire. "How does it start? Can anyone remember the moves? How does it finish?"

High stepping, big kicking, dancing but live

Puzzled frowns all round. "OK, we'll do Vandals"

A stirring and athletic performance of White Ladies Aston concluded Little Egypt's contribution to the evening - wonder if we'll be invited back next year?

As ever, my thanks to Brain "Free the Mill Hill 20" Stephens for his award-winning journalese in this report.



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