Last Saturday, we headed over to Twickenham to meet friends at The Barmy Arms. When we arrived the Kingston Morris were performing, so I took a few shots.
Morris dancing in Kingston upon Thames dates back to at least 1507. Records show that morris dancing was funded by the Parish Church of Kingston-upon-Thames during that summer. At this time, and until 1890, the parish included Richmond upon Thames and Twickenham. More recently, in 1977 the Spring Grove Morris Men was formed and were named after the Spring Grove area of Kingston where they first performed. For more information about the history of morris in the Kingston area see springgrovemorris.org/history
Kingston Morris was formed in January 2000 to celebrate the new millennium and to welcome into a new morris side both men and women as dancers and musicians. The side, originally known as Off-Spring Morris, was set up to run in parallel with the Spring Grove Morris Men and set out to encourage wider participation in the dance and to promote the performance of morris dancing in the local area and to raise its awareness to the public.