Enjoyable trip to Ripon
On 6th July, Herring Gals travelled to Ripon for their annual day of dance. We were very lucky with the weather, which was warm and sunny.
Teams met at the local watering hole, The Unicorn, for a bit of breakfast, before dancing both at the Cathedral and Market Square. Herring Gals had the pleasure of dancing alongside the Lancashire Wallopers (who were hilarious) and 400 Roses at the Cathedral, and then we and the Wallopers met up with our hosts Ripon City at the Market Square. Here we were brave enough to dance our version of a dance (7 pin) that was created by one of Ripon City’s musicians – no pressure!
Lunchtime took us to the ‘One Eyed Rat’ where there was a picnic lunch and more dancing. This time, we had the pleasure of watching Silkstone Greens and Lizzie Dripping together with the other teams that had joined us that day.
In the afternoon we danced at Kirkgate, followed by the finale at the Spa Gardens. What a beautiful setting for our show dance…but we were not finished yet! Ripon City Morris wanted a ‘dance off’ where we both danced the same dance at the same time. They danced ‘9 Men’s Morris’ and we danced ‘7 Pin’. We danced facing each other and it was so much fun to do! The crowd thoroughly enjoyed our different interpretations of the dance and gave us a rousing round of applause. We celebrated with tea and cake and relaxed in the Spa Gardens.
We were made to feel so welcome by our hosts and other teams. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. Hopefully it won’t be long before we go again. Maybe this time we could have an ‘Abram’ dance off!