The Morris Ring is one of three umbrella groups for Morris dance sides in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1934 by 6 sides: Greensleeves, Cambridge, East Surrey, Letchworth, Oxford and Thaxted. They meet several times a year, each Ring Meeting (two days of dancing) being hosted by a different member side (or several working together). The exception is that Thaxted Morris Men hold a Ring Meeting every year, on the weekend after the Spring Bank holiday weekend. Thaxted Ring Meeting remains a popular tourist attraction. The Morris Ring has grown to about 150 sides today, with another 50 associate clubs.
... Woodside Morris Men were formed in Finchley, North London ... The decision to form a men's Morris side to perform the Cotswold dance traditions, along with a little Rapper Sword Dancing, was taken following the Phoenix club's 1956 Whit Monday tour ... Previously the club had flirted with Morris as one of their many folk activities, but it was felt that the time had come for a permanent, dedicated ...
... The Morris Ring Archives are the largest collection of morris/ sword related material in the world, eclipsing but not totally duplicating the morris documents held ... A journal "The Morris Dancer" has been published irregularly since 1978 ... the "Dancing England Rapper Tournament" (DERT) Several Ring sides attend this event ...
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