I did enjoy them John .. I enjoyed the soundtrack accompanying them very much too, tres joli :)
Perfect timing. Today David and I were remembering our local Morris dancers we saw last year. Great photographs and music, thank you.
Very creative faces and costumes. I wonder how this straw bear festival evolved. It certainly looked like the community was enjoying it all. Thanks for the wonderful video. barbara
I did 5 posts on The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival recently, the second of which included what I know about how the event evolved. Here are the links:http://bystargooseandhanglands.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/if-you-go-down-to-fens-today.html Introduction, the Procession and Straw Bearshttp://bystargooseandhanglands.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/straw-bear-festival-2.html History of the eventhttp://bystargooseandhanglands.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/some-portraits-from-straw-bear-festival.html Portraitshttp://bystargooseandhanglands.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/different-ways-to-dance-straw-bear.html Different styles of dancinghttp://bystargooseandhanglands.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/englands-glory-straw-bear-festival-5.html Old Glory Molly DancersNumbers 1, 2, 4 & 5 also contain videos of the dancing
Good morning John, that's a great collection of photos, and the music was great too. I have never heard of the straw bear festival and would also love to know how it evolved. I will enjoy having a look online. It's fun to find these things out when visiting blogging friends, certainly peaks my interest.
Loved these photos. So vivid and colorful. Looks like quite enthusiastic participants and a happy audience!
Brilliant stuff. I should check this festival out. Not a huge fan of some folk music, but this festival looks enormous fun, I love the traditions, dancing and the stories behind it all - there must be stuff there for 'A Bit About Britain'! Admired your previous posts on this.
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