The Morris Men
A return to tradition yet a day of difference. Little Egypt journeyed to Rochester 2009 on its usual Saturday outing rather than the Sunday trip we made last year, but our dancing timetable was drastically altered following petitions from some of the men. This year we'd dance right through until 3 p.m. without a significant break, then take the rest of the afternoon to watch some other sides and listen to some of the many pub sessions. The jury is still out on the result.
Once again that fine coach company Florida Coaches transported us in great comfort to our destination - the Gordon Hotel Beer Festival.
The ale was tested and found to be in excellent condition so we went along to our first stand of the day, dancing with Bury Fair, Hobos and Wakefield Morris.
It was during this set that one of our overseas members, John "Plod" Taylor, was able to instruct us in the correct way to dance the Circle of Four.
He instructed us three times until he got it right - to great applause from Bury Fair.
The next stand was just up the high street outside the Two Brewers. Unfortunately there was live music at colossal volume pouring from a nearby stage so we and the other sides returned to the Eagle - nothing to do with the beer of course - where amongst other dances Mr Bangs organised an excellent massed Upton Upon Severn which filled a great length of the high street to the delight of the large crowd which had gathered for this spectacle. Only one stick broke, to be returned by a slightly annoyed member of the public who had survived near decapitation. This only goes to illustrate the accuracy of Little Egypt's stick work.
At our final stand we met up with Westrefelda where the obligatory massed Ring O' Bells was performed with precision and perfection. A fitting end to the day's dancing as we wandered off to various parts of Rochester to soak up the atmosphere and grab a bite to eat - and drink.