Morris men will join day of dance in Portsmouth

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MORRIS dancers will fill Portsmouth’s public spaces on Saturday as 18 groups perform as part of a Victory Day of Dance.

About 200 dancers from across the south will join Portsmouth-based group the Victory Morrismen for the event.

The day will kick off with a performance at Guildhall Square from 10am, before dancers split up into smaller groups and dance at locations including Commercial Road, Portsmouth City Museum and the Historic Dockyard.

Victory Morrismen member Mark Taylor, of Havant, said it was the second annual day of dance to be held in Portsmouth.

‘It’s a tradition and it’s great fun,’ he said.

Victory Morrismen were among a number of morris dancing groups that performed at The Rose in June, in Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, during its annual beer festival last month.

During the summer, members dance on Thursday evenings at pubs in the local area. They also appear at special events.