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Soldier boy Morris teams barred from Sam Smiths pub (56* d) RE: Morris teams barred from Sam Smiths pub 02 Aug 11

To my knowledge this incident has now been reported in The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, the Huddersfield Examiner, the Daily Mirror, The Sun and the local Durham paper. There may be many more.

If you google "slubbing billy's pub" you will find that this incident has caused quite a stir.

I am a member of the Slubbing Billy's morris side and can assure you that the Slubbing Billy's never meant to seek all this publicity. That was never their intention; they just got caught up in this as innocent players in a stupid event.

It was the local Durham press who were out with photographers and reporters covering The Durham Folk Weekend event that first picked up on this story and then obviously flashed it around the main media market in the UK.

It was then down to the media in general if they would take it up and report it and some deemed it interesting enough or barmy enough to print it.

And as for the Slubbing Billys getting more "business" out of this as a result Morris-ey you are completely misguided.
Morris sides attending this weekend provide their services free of charge and even (unusually) pay for camping which goes a long way towards paying for the organiser's costs of this weekend.

Most weekends we attend and are invited to throughout the country are like this (apart from paying for camping!)and we pay our own costs of travel and drink and eat in the local community and therefore bring in extra revenue to the community.

So we do not seek extra "business" because we just can't afford it thank you very much! There is no question of business or commerce here. we "entertain" for free and are glad to do so without gain or favour.


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