When I was little, a traditional visit to a village fete or county show wasn't complete without a 99-er (when they really did cost just 99p), dropping said ice cream about five minutes after I'd bought it, and watching the Morris dancers. However, word reaches us that their numbers are declining, so much so they're resorting to large marketing drives to try and encourage people to don bells on their knees and get handy with their hankies.
This is sad news, especially as there is even talk about them including a spot of Morris action at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. If you or anyone else fancies a spot of public dancing which isn't just confined to the works of Justin Timberlake and Beyonce in Squires of a Saturday night, then you should definitely get in touch with your local branch. If you'd like to work on some moves in the privacy of your own home, you might want to watch this.
Thanks to Manchester Morris Men for the picture.