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GUEST,Anne Croucher Origins of Northwest Morris (10) RE: Origins of Northwest Morris 09 May 04

It may or not be relevant but have you noticed Cotswold morris wears cricket togs, whilst Northwest wears football kit? Vintage photos of football teams show britches, shirts and caps with tassels which could, with the aid of a work basket and a sewing machine, soon become the costumes worn by dancers in processions.   

The greater number of dancers in Nortwestern could be due to there being both A and B teams to call on, whilst the Cotswold six as standard might be due to the difficulty most amateur cricket sides still experience in trying to field a full team of eleven men.

It could be that the team dancing would benefit their sporting prowess, keeping them fit and enhancing morale and togetherness, plus maintaining contact during the off season.

In the North there were opportunities to travel to processions, maybe the team organisers arranged local leagues and matches etc during these gatherings, and the teams became used to travelling 'away'- which could have been a rather novel experience for them. The railway made the Wakes possible - and then more or less killed them off when people went off to the sea side instead of visiting their local fairs.


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