The Bare Bones 30th Birthday Bash on Saturday 17th September.
What a wonderful day! Many thanks to all who made it happen and to the weather for staying (largely) dry! Our visiting sides were-
Anstey Royale Chalfont
Lady Bay Revellers
Ripley Green Garters
Ripley Morris Men
Way of the Wyrd
Thanks to you all for making the day so successful.
Loughborough Town centre did not stay grey and gloomy for long last Saturday morning as seven visiting Morris dancing sides joined with Bare Bones to celebrate their 30th birthday. Dancing different styles of Morris, North West, Border and Cotswold, saw a flourish of colour, vibrancy, music and dance performed in 3 different town centre spots. The audiences were not disappointed and many a cheery face was to be seen. 365 Bargains in Market Street posted a short video saying, “It was lovely to have something outside the store as most activities are up in the town - great to watch too.”
At 3.00pm there was an air of excitement in Queens Park where the crowd and The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor David Gaskell, and The Mayoress, Mrs Jan Gaskell welcomed all sides to perform their display dances. The Mayor talked about Loughborough's heritage including Taylor's Bell foundry, the Great Central Railway and how Bare Bones were also part of the town's heritage. Everyone then sang ‘Happy Birthday' to the Bare Bones side.
As a grand finale all the sides joined together to take part in a mass dance 'John Peel' which started under the Carillon and went around the bandstand. Although the Mayoress was not wearing the most appropriate footwear she was happy to join in for a short time!
The Morris dancers then adjourned for tea, cake and ale and, in the evening, a meal with many past members of Bare Bones, who had travelled from Dorset, Yorkshire and beyond, to reminisce and share good times with each other. All Ripley Green Garters enjoyed themselves and were well impressed by Loughborough. They said,” The final spot too was excellent, pretty, spacious and calm.... Until we all turned up!” Ripley Morris Men said, “We all had an absolutely spiffing time!”