Historic tradition returns to the city tomorrow as Coventry Morris Men get set to perform - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

Historic tradition returns to the city tomorrow as Coventry Morris Men get set to perform

Tristan Harris 7th Jan, 2022 Updated: 7th Jan, 2022

A TRADITION returns to Coventry city centre tomorrow when the Coventry Morris Men will perform their famous sword dance.

The group, a men’s Cotswold morris and sword dance side, started in 1931 and then – after a gap during the war years – reformed and that was when the sword dance was introduced.

Performances tomorrow will begin at the fountain in Upper Precinct at 10.30am and then at the Upper Precinct at 11am.

A sword dance in Broadgate will take place around 12.30am and throughout the afternoon the group will visit Bull Yard and Shelton Square before returning to the fountain.

The Coventry Morris Men’s Bagman Martin Trewinnard told the Observer: “It is important for us to perform during the UK City of Culture year but that has not always been possible over the past 20 months.

“We managed to perform last summer but this will be the first time since then.

“We usually get pretty good feedback – especially with the sword dance.

“There have been some occasions – like when we were in the Republic of Ireland and Sweden – when the Morris dancing did not go down that well but then when we did the sword dance the atmosphere would change – it normally sparks something in people.”

The group is hoping for a busy 2022 after the past year of restrictions and lockdowns.

Martin added: “There is a lot going on this year with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and we want to be part of the celebrations and commemorations.”

The Coventry Morris Men – who meet on Tuesday evenings – are always on the lookout for new members.

Anyone interested in finding out more should visit coventry-morris.org.uk

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