Oakenyouth are the junior rapper side from Oakenhoof Folk Arts in Littleborough, Lancashire. Although they are a relatively new side, they have developed their own dance from various figures previously learned. They are also always keen and enthusiastic to dance at the drop of a hat.
The Original Horwich Morris Dancers were formed in 1891 in response to a team from Chorley appearing in the first Horwich Rose Festival. This team, which was trained by Mr. Harry Barlow who was employed at the L&Y Railway locomotive works (the main employer in Horwich at the time) made its debut in the 1892 Rose Festival. At this time, all other teams danced in shoes, but Horwich wore clogs from the start. In 1893 Horwich won a major competition in Rochdale. The prize of 2 guineas was augmented by local tradesmen so that each member was presented with a medal. When a junior team was formed in 1895 the men’s team became known as Horwich Prize Medal Morris Dancers.
Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men love the fact that they’re connected to this wonderful past, but they’re also loving living in the present with this awesome tradition.
Originally formed in the autumn of 1953 by a number of Leeds University Morris Men and others who wished to form a non-university side, White Rose Morris men met initially in the Burley Road scout headquarters and were helped by Ron Smedley, the EFDSS Yorkshire Area Organiser. In 1971, the club moved its base to Huddersfield and organised the 215th Ring Meeting in the town in 1986. In 2018, the side celebrated its 65th anniversary with a weekend of dance which spanned Calderdale, Kirklees and Colne Valley.
A familiar sight in distinctive ‘whites’ with green baldricks and straw hats at Shepley Spring Festival and other local events, White Rose promote the South Midlands (or Cotswold) tradition ‘Up North’ and have also danced in Sweden, Jersey, Provence and Romania.
Black Gate Morris was formed in 2018, bringing together Morris veterans and complete beginners to form Newcastle’s first and only mixed Cotswold side. Their current repertoire includes dances from the Adderbury, Bledington, Bucknell and Raglan traditions; and they can be recognised by their red, yellow and grey kit, combining the colours of Northumberland and the city of Newcastle