An evening with Great Coates WI
On a very damp, November evening, Herring Gals received a warm welcome from the ladies of Great Coates WI. Our dance teacher Sue, gave an informative talk about the history of Morris dancing and the five traditions found in England. The team danced Prescot to illustrate the North West tradition. While the dancers got their breath back, musician Ken, explained about a French dance, Basque, that is also in the Herring Gals repertoire. The band then played the French tunes that accompany the dance.
Next, came Newton-le-Willows, one of our garland dances. It was a big moment for newest member Lisa, as it was her first time dancing out in kit ...and.... in front of her fellow members of the WI! We all applauded her performance. Our other new member, Verity, watched on. It will be her turn next!
Finally, the team danced Abram Morris Dance once through. Sue invited the ladies of the WI to come onto the floor and learn how to dance this. There were plenty of volunteers. Each was partnered with a Herring Gal. Much fun and laughter ensued as they tried to master the figures. The end result can be seen below. Some new recruits for Herring Gals perhaps?!
We ended the evening with much needed refreshments. Many thanks to Great Coates WI for inviting us. You are a lovely bunch of ladies. We hope you had as much fun and enjoyment as we did.