The Wigan Observer for July 17th 1880 contained the following detailed account: 

"THE ANCIENT FESTIVAL OF ABRAM CALLED THE MORRIS DANCE - A correspondent writes: On the estate of Miss Chadwick, in Park Lane, Abram, there is a plot of ground which has been bequeathed to the young men of Abram, for the purpose of celebrating the above festival on the condition that the young men celebrate the festival at least every twenty-one years, or else the ground is lost to the young forever. Twelve years having elapsed since the ancient festival was celebrated, a number of the young men formed themselves together for instruction under Messrs. T Burns, W. Burns and R Rydes, all of Abram. They assembled together on Friday morning last at the Red Lion Inn, Dover, Abram, to celebrate the ancient festival. a few minutes' delay was caused by the non-arrival of the queen but she made up for it by her beautiful appearance. She wore a dress of black velvet, trimmed with old gold satin and white lace; her headdress was a white hat trimmed with gold lace, all from the firm of Miss Smith and Co., Abram. The king wore black coat and trousers and white vest, a white straw hat trimmed with Scottish plaid ribbons. The dancers wore white vests and straw hats, and blue sashes bound with red and white. The garland was decorated by Mrs Constantine Moore, of Abram, with jewels and silver from friends and neighbours who lent them for the occasion. Everything took exceedingly well, but the day turned out very wet. The party danced at the principal places on their way through Warrington-lane, Platt Bridge, Low Green, Hindley, the Grange, and then crossed over into Bickershaw-lane, and danced for Mr J. A. Ackers, Brookside; and then they proceeded to the principal places in Bickershaw and Abram, returning to the Red Lion Inn, Dover, at about nine o'clock. On Saturday they wended their way through Ashton, Golborne, Golborne Park, Lowton, Plank-lane, returning to the Red Lion Inn, Dover, where a sumptuous dinner awaited them, provided by the worthy host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Hart. After partaking of the good things provided, the tables were cleared and dancing resumed until close on eleven o'clock, when they returned to their homes not a bit the worse for their hard day's dancing. It had been decided that after expenses are paid the dancers will make a donation of the surplus to the Wigan Infirmary."

Further details are to be found in John Leyland's diary entry for July 9th 1880:

"Received a note this morning from the Abram Morris Dancers saying that they intended to visit the Grange in the forenoon. They came, but not until afternoon. A band of music led them up and they ranged themselves in front of the house. The dance they performed was quiet and graceful, and they went through it exceedingly well. In Park Lane, Abram a small square of land has belonged from time immemorial to the younger men of the Township for the use of Morris Dancing, and a tradition exists that if the custom be not celebrated once in 21 years, their right in the land ceases. - Accordingly, every now and then the custom is revived, and eleven years have passed since it was last kept up - Once only, many years ago I saw it and was therefore pleased to be a spectator again." 

and he published the following account in "The Memorials of Abram" in 1881.

"One of these days, the dancers visited the writer's residence, and enabled him to observe the manner in which it was conducted, which was said to be in strict conformity with traditional usage. On the day in question, they marched in procession to the front of the Grange, preceded by a Band of Music, and, on arriving, ranged themselves in a circle, the musicians falling to one side. The dancers were young men of about twenty years of age, fourteen in number, and were dressed in dark trousers, white tunics, with blue sashes edged with pink, worn crossways, and fastened by a rosette of the same colours. Low-crowned straw hats were their headgear. Besides the dancers there were a King and Queen, a jester, and a personator of Robin Hood. When the circle was formed the King and Queen passed to the centre, bearing a pole six or seven feet long, to represent the ancient May Pole. The top of the pole was pear-shaped and decorated with ribbons, and from it were suspended Teapots and Cream-jug, apparently of silver. The music then struck up a slow and measured air, and the dancers commenced a series of quiet graceful evolutions. Each dancer carried in either hand a white handkerchief, which at intervals of the dance, and at certain strains of the music, he threw round. Altogether it was a curious and picturesque sight."

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