The 311th Ring Meeting hosted by Stafford Morris Men
20-22 July 2007

Blists Hill - Victorian Town

The day started raining, and we got to Blists Hill not long after opening time (of the museum, not the pub).

Things didn't go too well - the coach driver couldn't get the bus into reverse gear, so asked the teams present to push him back up the incline so that he didn't crash through the bollards into a ditch on travelling the only way the coach wanted to go. 
Geoff Capes might be able to pull a bus along the flat, but 10+ morris men couldn't stop the oncoming coach. We left the driver to it - we're here for 2 hours anyway...

The goods shed was the wet weather option for dancing, which we took up, and also took a team photo with 
some "in character" Victorians and Jane, the events organiser - its not too difficult to spot which is which

You will spot, however, that the whole team isn't there - someone had to take the picture

Next stop was lunch at an Elizabethan (the 2nd) pub in Church Aston, whose name escapes me

Steve does not look happy at the prospect
of paying up for a round for the whole team

Newport Show was our next stop.
The pub had adverts posted

After the show it's another pub, where Thelwall were the only team to dance outside!!

The team dance the Lichfield tradition with our 6-man
version which retains ALL the aspects of the 
8-man version - except the 8-man bit, of course.
The 6-man 8-man hey is a wonder to behold.
Although it's nothing compared to our 4-man adaptation 
of the 6-man adaptation of the 8-man hey.

Steve dances a jig to rapturous applause from the crowd
 - well it was his sister

The evening feast gave the opportunity to have a proper team photo

L-R: Steve, Henry, Dave, Rob, Jasper, Andrew, Geoff, Kevin

Sunday Morning

The procession to Brewood Church - Thelwall Morris Man's eye view...

After the service there was some Massed Dancing 
intermingled with each team giving a show dance

Raring to go - all set for a massed Young Collins

Thelwall's Show dance was "Rodney" from Headington Quarry

In the crowd a guest appearance from Jim, a non-dancing, non-musician,
non-turning up to practices Thelwall Morris Man.

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Last updated 22 July 2007