4:48 PM June 20, 2022
Hundreds of Morris dancers will fill the streets of Sheringham as a popular festival returns for the first time in three years.
The Potty Morris and Folk Festival – last held in 2019 due to the pandemic – will see 42 Morris dance groups called ‘sides’ flock to the town from across England over the weekend of July 2-3 .
Brian Antuar, chairman of the festival, said they aimed to put on a show for locals and visitors alike.
Mr Antuar said: “It has been an incredible effort on the part of the committee to get the festival up and running after such a long break and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved, whatever their role. organizing a big event.
“I would also like to thank the people of Sheringham for their support as without them to watch the festival would be a very empty thing.”
Saturday will be the biggest day of the festival, with a street procession starting at 10am on the Esplanade and heading to the High Street, where the dancers will be greeted by the Mayor of Sheringham, Peter Ratcliffe.
The Holt Ridge Morris side – of which Mr Antuar is a ‘squire’ – will lead this year’s parade.
Also on Saturday there will be music at the Lobster pub from 12pm to 3pm by Rock the Lobster, and a folk club night at the Sheringham Community Hub, from 8.30pm.
Mr. Antuar said everyone was welcome to attend and participate or just listen.
A new addition to this year’s festival will be craft stalls in Wyndham Street, just opposite the Lobster pub.
Mr Antuar said next year’s festival will be even bigger as the event is expected to mark a milestone.
He said: “2023 will be the 30th anniversary of the Potty Morris and Folk Festival and we’ve come a long way from the original four sides.
“We are already planning next year’s festival and hope to include more musical events throughout the weekend.”