Whilst the first traditional event of each dancing season for Thelwall Morris Men is the Easter Monday Tour of local pubs, ending up at the Pickering Arms, the traditional finish is the Walking Tour of Thelwall and Statham.
The tour was invented, in 1981, by Rob Pracy. On August Bank Holiday Monday we dance solely for the people of Thelwall and Statham, we dont collect, we dance for the hell of it. Also as part of the tradition we hand out a piece cake to anyone who will take the time to come and watch us.
Whenever possible the side performs the Statham Morris Dance during the afternoon session in Statham village, and it was during one of the early revival performances that an elderly lady passing by remarked I remember seeing that dance when I was a girl.
The route is the same every year starting at 11.30am
Sadly, the last walking tour took place on 30th August 2004 due to lack of
interest and general numbers (see 2004
Walking Tour photos).
There is always hope that interest may be regenerated and the tour may be revived one day.
Go to Thelwall Morris Men 25th
Anniversary Home Page
Go to Thelwall Morris Men Programme
Go to Walking Tour 2001 pictures