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STAFFORDSHIRE DEER DANCERS AND A MORRIS TEAM AT CIRENCESTER

STAFFORDSHIRE DEER DANCERS AND A MORRIS TEAM AT CIRENCESTER

Deer Dancing at Abbots Bromley (top) has been, save for the War years, an annual festival for four centuries. The antlers are mounted on what looks rather like a Wooden hammer, and both antlers and costume are preserved in the parish church. The breeches are ornamented with a pattern of oak leaves and acorns. In the lower photograph is a Morris team at a Folk Dance Festival at Cirencester performing "The Rigs o' Marlow." The bells fastened by ribbons to their shins are remnants of the original Moorish inspiration. Morris is a corruption of Moorish.

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