The Swanage Folk Festival came around again this weekend and I was there today to watch the Morris and various other dance sides come together for the procession through the town.
It was the busiest I have ever seen it – the town was bustling – probably due to the glorious Summery weather.
I felt a little weary and over-heated having walked around Durlston Head ealier before walking around Swanage town itself, so I sat myself on a handy rock waiting for the dancers to set off. There were many of the familiar ‘sides’ which turn out every year looking resplendent in their costumes but then I noticed a group of ladies in gingham suits with what looked like large tea trays in their hands. I wondered whether they were simply going to walk along with aformentioned trays in hand when all of a sudden they stopped, dropped the boards on the floor, and began to dance on top of them.
I immediately leaped off the rock I had been resting on in order to try and get a shot or two and these were the best I could do. The sun was bright and harsh and cast strong shadows. I also had to dodge people walking in front of me but I was glad to get a brief unencumbered view.
I don’t know the dance group’s name but they are definitely a side to look out for next time.
Edit: I think I’ve found them. They are an Appalachian Dance side called Cornucopia.