Morris Men hatThe Town Hall forecourt was the scene of one of the oldest English traditions as the Winchester Morris Men made their annual pilgrimage to Whitchurch.

With bells jangling, hankies waving and sticks clattering a variety of traditional dances from around the country took place in front of a small gathering that included the Mayor and Mayoress of Whitchurch.

Winchester Morris and the Town Mayor and Mayoress outside the Town Hall.

Winchester Morris and the Town Mayor and Mayoress outside the Town Hall.

Rural tradition
The Morris dance is one of the oldest English rural traditions, thought to have been associated with the welcoming of Spring and the fertility of crops.
However, when asked, the usual answer is that there are as many theories about the origination as there are dancers!

Dances through the Summer
Winchester Morris can be found at many events throughout the Summer, usually on Wednesday evenings.
Their programme can be found here: PROGRAMME

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