ONCE again this year’s Children In Need fundraising campaign will be boosted by a Pudsey Day of Morris in Bedford Square, Tavistock, on Saturday, November 19.
The day of dance will involve 11 different Morris dancing clubs coming together to help raise money.
The various Morris dancers will travel from the Okehampton, Plymouth and Taunton areas to join the dancers who are based in the Tavistock area.
Dancing in the streets will be Dartmoor Border, Plymouth Morris Men, Tinners Morris, Plymouth Maids Clog Dancers, Enigma Morris, The Old Town Twelves, Winkleigh Morris, Catseye Morris, Lodestone Border Morris, Wreckers Morris and Cogs and Wheels Ladies’ Morris from Sticklepath.
Each group will pair up with another, so for six consecutive hours there will be dancing in Bedford Square.
Last year’s efforts got cut short because of heavy rain but the dancers still raised nearly £700. The record to beat is from the year before when £1,047 was donated in just six hours.
Each and every penny raised on the day will be donated to Children in Need and the event is organised by Meavy- based Dartmoor Border Morris.
Mark Tregaskis from Dartmoor Border Morris said: ‘The event is full of colour, music and passion with live music and people of all ages and backgrounds dancing in the street with sticks, hankies, clogs, aprons, baldrics, bells and several Morris beasts but is still a very public friendly event with plenty of opportunities for anyone to either have a go, or just come and ask questions!
‘The costumes themselves will be very colourful, with lots of ribbons, feathers, waistcoats, face paints and beer mats.’
Apart from dancing between 10am and 4pm in Bedford Square, some of the Morris dancers will be doing some ‘extra dancing’ down the northern end of Brook Street.
‘Of course, this day is very weather orientated, so if the rain cuts the day short, you can find everyone in the rear of the Tavy Club, having a big Morris music session, which will be open to everyone!’ added Mark (who is known as Treggie).
He expressed thanks to Tavistock Town Council, Bob’s East End Café and Dartmoor Brewery who have all contributed to the day.