Celebrating 500 years of Reading Morris
The earliest record of Morris Dancing in Reading is in St Lawrence Churchwarden records for the year 1513.
(From Charles Kerry’s History of St Lawrence, Reading’s Municipal Church, written in 1883.)
Kennet Morris Men feel this cannot go unrecognised. The dedication day is 10th August – St Lawrence’s feast day (or St Laurence’s Church as it is now known) and we’ll be celebrating the event 500 years to the day.
Kennet Morris Men and Redding Moreys, the medieval re-enactment team who will be recreating dances and costume from the period, will be joined by local sides Aldbrickham Clog, Borderline, Fleet Morris, Icknield Way, Garston Gallopers, Mayflower, OBJ, Shinfield Shambles and Yateley Morris Men.
The day will begin at 11:00am outside St Laurence Church with a welcome by The Deputy Mayor of Reading followed by dancing by Kennet & Redding Morreys. St Laurence Bell Ringers will join the celebrations with a peal or two at 11:30am and dancing will recommence 12:00 midday. Sides will perform on the hour from 12:00 until 3:00pm for about half an hour dancing at each of 4 spots – The Forbury Gardens, Broad Street (the performance area nearest to The Ale House), St Laurence/Town Hall Square and St Mary’s Church precinct.
The day will conclude at 4:00 pm outside St Laurence church with a Redding Moreys instructional for all, followed by a mass display. Full programme details are in the file below. We hope to see you there.