Morris Men to step out to mark 60 years

A series of special displays are planned to mark a group’s 60th anniversary.

For some, 1955 will be best remembered for Disneyland opening, the launch of the Guiness Book of Records, or Newcastle United’s last success in the FA Cup.

But it was also the year the Monkseaton Morris Men was formed and the latest members are to celebrate their diamond anniversary weekend on June 27 and 28.

The two-day event will see free dance performances with live music on the streets of Newcastle, Byker, Seaton Sluice, Earsdon and Tynemouth with a finale in Monkseaton each day.

On Saturday they will be in Newcastle at Grey’s Monument at 10am then in Northumberland Street at 10.50am; at the Cumberland Arms in Byker at 12.20pm; at the Cannon Inn, Earsdon, at 2.30pm; the Kings Arm, Seaton Sluice, at 3.30pm; then the finale outside the Ship Inn and Black Horse, Monkseaton, at 6.30pm.

The following day they will be in Front Street, Tynemouth, at 10.30am then at Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton, at 11.30am.

Monkseaton will be joined by Saddleworth Morris, who perform energetic clog dances from the north west; Westminster Morris with the quintessentially English Morris dancing from the Cotswolds; and Redcar Sword with their traditional sword dances from North Yorkshire.

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