Gringley: Festive morris dance tradition from the Rattlejag group

The Rattlejag Morris Dancers performed at the Blue Bell Inn at Gringley
The Rattlejag Morris Dancers performed at the Blue Bell Inn at Gringley

Rattlejag Morris Dance group put on a spectacular display on Boxing day outside the Blue Bell pub in Gringley on the Hill and also took their performance to Everton as well.

The event outside the Blue Bell is traditional and has been going for over 30 years

The weather was cold but didn’t deter people, the events attracted a huge crowd who enjoyed the show.

Rattlejag Morris is a mixed dance side formed in January 2002 with the aim of reviving and developing a dance tradition based in the local area.

Using recently collected material from East Yorkshire as a starting point and also their own material from local research into dancing in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, they have set out to revive and then develop their own locally based dance tradition.

They perform broom dances, bacca pipe dances and sword dances amongst many others which are unique to our group and they are continually developing new dances.

They use many local tunes rarely heard or music written to suit a particular dance.

Their signature dance is the Holderness Rattle.

Their web site is www.rattlejagmorris.org.uk