Hughes had carried out extensive research from printed sources and visits
to local residents. These included William Wright,
former Chairman of Abram UDC and son-in-law of one of the 1901 dancers,
who had already ensured the preservation of the Morris Dancers Ground,
Olga Pimblett who was born in 1906 and had lived in the same house
opposite the bottom end of Park Lane all her life and had known many of
the 1901 dancers as she grew up. She was an amazing source of local
knowledge and clearly remembered the girl Morris dancers who danced in the
local carnivals during the First World War.
were held on Tuesday evenings in May on the car park of the Red Lion Inn
under the mystified gaze of people walking along the adjoining canal
towpath. We had eight dancers and one musician at the first practice but
numbers increased over the next couple of practices until we had a total
of 13 dancers and 2 musicians. None of the dancers had done the dance
before, in fact some had never even danced before but after 4 weeks
practice we managed to put on a respectable display. One of the new
dancers, Steve Froggatt, took a copy of the 1901 photograph and produced a
copy of the maypole complete with pewter (not silver) teapot.
first performance of the Abram Morris Dance since 1901 on the Morris
Dancers' Ground, Park Lane, Abram, took place at 11.00am on Saturday May
26th, 1984. The dancers wore black trousers, white shirts, red or blue
ties, blue sashes edged with pink, red, white and blue rosettes and straw
boaters trimmed with red, white and blue hat bands.
dancing on the Morris Dancers' Ground we danced outside William Wright's
house in May Avenue and then danced at other sites in Abram, had lunch in
The Buck's Head Public House before continuing our perambulation of Abram,
finishing back at the Red Lion Inn at 3pm.
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