Morris dancers greet May Day dawn

By Toby Leigh in Entertainment

The May Day dawn was welcomed by Dartington morris men who invaded the Totnes Castle – again.

The morris side braved the rainy weather to get up before the crack of dawn to put on a display of traditional dancing in the castle keep at Totnes.

This year was the seventh year in a row that the Dartington side has seen in May Day with a dance display.

Dartington Morrismen bagman Roy Hartwell said: “It was a bit wet and importunately we did not have a huge turnout which was not surprising given the weather leading up to it.”

But he added: “There was a nice atmosphere and I think we all enjoyed our dancing.

“We had a good session for about 45 minutes and then we departed for the Signal Box Cafe for a full English breakfast as they kindly opened up early for us.”

He said that sunrise had “theoretically” been at 5.54am on May Day, although the skies were so cloudy that it was only detected by a “lightening of the sky”, said Roy.

He added: “We had 12 dancers, two musicians and two musician’s helpers to hold umbrellas.”

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