Re-opening 2003


The newly restored Morris Dancers Ground was officially opened by the Mayor of Wigan on Saturday June 28th, at the twentieth performance of the revival years. The Mayor joined the Queen of the Abram Morris Dance at the foot of the new maypole while the dance was performed around them watched by a large crowd of local residents. 

At the end of the performance a toast was proposed to “The Morris Dancers Ground and Abram Morris Dancers, past, present and future!”
There is still work to be done to complete the restoration as we  hope to provide benches and a proper sign with an interpretation board. We also want to landscape the area around the ground by planting native species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers but all that will have to wait until we have sufficient funds so the fund-raising and grant applications will continue for at least another year. However, next year’s practices will, in keeping with the tradition, take place on the Morris Dancers Ground (instead of the car park of the Dover Lock Inn where we’ve held them for the past 20 years) and the Abram Morris Dance will be performed around the Abram maypole on the Morris Dancers Ground at the top of Park Lane on the last Saturday in June at 11.00am. 

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