• Welcome to the website of the Grimsby Morris Men

    We are a Morris side based in the Lincolnshire town of Great Grimsby and have been dancing since 1967. No wonder we're tired. 

    Grimsby Morris Men in 1967

    Grimsby Morris Men in 1967

     

    Grimsby Morris Men in 2015

    Grimsby Morris Men in recent times

     

    The website is a portal for all things GMM. It includes some information about us and our activites, some picture galleries, various views of our forthcoming events and a join us page for anyone out there who likes beer ( no, I mean dancing) and fresh air. There is also a link to our online museum, a (slowly) growing collection of items from the archives of Grimsby Morris Men.

    If you have any queries about the side or the website there is a contact us link on the main menu.

     

GMM News



Sunday 1st April 2018
Easter Sunday Dance-out

Grimsby Morris Men’s daytime Dance-out on Sunday, 1st April 2018.

by Martin Campbell 

 

So, we’re off and running for this year’s Cotswold season. The weather forecast looked none too good for the day, but all the expected numbers duly turned up, meeting at the Waterfall on Cleethorpes Prom.

The Dance space proved adequate, albeit somewhat chilly from the North-easterly wind blowing in off the “sea”. The planned first set was completed attracting interest and support from passers-by and some of our own loyal Supporters. It was particularly good to see Ian & Gill Horsley. Our most recent recruit, Neil Kenyon, turned up and took on the responsibility of setting up the Side’s Banner at each of the venues.

We moved on to Jonny Donut’s Oliver’s Eatery and on arrival were treated to some very welcome warming tots of spirits, followed by offers of teas and coffees. Jonny gave instructions to his friendly Staff to include our Supporters in the hospitality. Jonny had also ensured the posters supplied were well-displayed and very much in evidence.

 

Hands Around at Jonny Donuts

 

The Dancing resumed and again the planned set was completed. On then to Brighton Slipway.

The advance party carried out a “reccie” at Willy’s Pub to check out the quality of the Ale(s); well somebody had to do it. The rest of us assembled at the Dance spot and patiently awaited their arrival. With the limited numbers, every Dancer stepped up in turn to join each of the dances in the set. To give the rest a bit of respite after the first two dances, Steve F and Martin C danced the double jig “Old Tom of Oxford”. The last dance of the Set was “Beaux of London City” and Neil K joined in, which apparently is his favourite dance to date, in part kit. (Full kit will follow when more progress is made on the Bampton repertoire.)

 

"Beaux" at Brighton Slipway

 

We stragglers trudged up the hill to the Notts, which at the moment seems to be our second home, to find the Pub pretty busy and most of our Dancers dispersed therein. Dancing was resumed on the paved area opposite to the Notts. Dave S and Nick B began it by dancing “Old Tom”. Special mention is appropriate for our Musician for the day, Ken W, who experienced the greatest difficulty in keeping his hands warm enough to play both Pipe and Tabor and when needed, melodeon. John I, in addition to joining in some of the dances, appeared every so often as his alter-ego, “Stanley”, doing his usual of “terrorising” the children and mystifying the adults. It was Easter Sunday and coincidentally April Fools Day and Glenn O, resplendent in smock, breeches and daft hat, fooled around, confusing the watching public with his introductions while persuading them to part with their small (and large) change for the collection. The name of the chosen charity escapes me for the moment, but it will come back to me if sit and think about it. To finish, we danced “Green Garters” and as is our custom traversed the road to end up in the Pub. Some drinking ensued and this prompted some of us to attempt to clear the room if not the entire Pub by breaking into song. These included some of our favourite drinking songs and one or two seasonal numbers.

All in all, a very good day and once again so lucky with the weather. During the two weeks prior to the day, the Grimsby Telegraph had been particularly generous and supportive. They published the article sent to them six times in their “In Brief” feature, each time giving the item a different heading.

Next up is the evening Dance-out on Tuesday evening, “The First of May”, (good name for a Song.!) Let’s ensure that we get the word out to the Public and keep raising our profile at local level. This may help our attempts to attract new Members.

 


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Friday 12th January 2018
Resource Packs Issued

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Resource Packs Issued!

by Steve Fuller 

 

A key aspect of our Heritage Lottery Funded activities for our Golden Year, is the preparation and distribution of resource packs for schools, youth groups etc. The first batch has been assembled and posted out to local schools and colleges!

The pack consists of a covering letter, an introductory booklet describing the main styles of Morris dance (produced by The Morris Ring) and a CD rom all contained in folder. The CD contains the equivalent of in excess of 100 pages of A4 documentation. The contents describe, in more depth, the history of GMM but also provide much more information on many local folk and calendar customs along with dance instructions, a Plough Play script, a “myth buster” and a photo gallery. The CD also gives links to websites and internet resources. In addition, there are scores of links to videos of examples of all the kinds of Morris performance that can be found on the internet. We hope that this will provide an inspiration to educators and perhaps dispel a few myths about The Morris!


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Sunday 7th January 2018
Plough Sunday

 

Plough Sunday

by Steve Fuller

 

January 7th 2018 was Plough Sunday and Grimsby Morris Men marked the day with dancing in Ludford (at the White Hart), Binbrook Market Place and appropriately enough, at the Plough Inn Binbrook. The weather was glorious and remarkably warm. Audiences were small but welcoming and enthusiastic.
After dancing at the Plough, we performed the Middle Rasen Mumming play (traditional for this time of year) to an appreciative audience. We even found a couple of more senior gentlemen who could remember ploughing with horses!

Plough Sunday dancing at the Plough

Plough Sunday dancing at the Plough!


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Wednesday 27th December 2017
50th Boxing Day

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50th Boxing Day!

by Steve Fuller

 

The 2017 Boxing Day dance-out was the 50th such event since the inauguration of the team. We were joined for the day by “The Herring Gals” performing there North -West style Morris with great skill and enthusiasm. The day was bright and sunny but with a biting cold wind which made dancing quite pleasant but spectating quite challenging! However, the crowds were out in force along Cleethorpes Sea Front (probably walking off Christmas Day’s excess turkey!) and audiences were large and appreciative at all the venues. This year’s charity collection is in aid of the new born intensive care unit at Grimsby Hospital so it was good to the niece of a team member with her daughter who had recently received care as a new-born at Grimsby Hospital.

 

GMM outside the Notts
Team members pictured outside the “Notts” (with a potential beneficiary of our collection).

 

Herring Gals on the Prom
Herring Gals doing their best to keep warm on Cleethorpes North Prom.


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Thursday 21st December 2017
50th Birthday Celebration

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50th Birthday Celebration

by Steve Fuller

 

 Dancing in the dark (Good title for a song?) on Cleethorpes prom.

      Dancing in the dark (Good title for a song?) on Cleethorpes prom.

 

December 21st 1967 saw the first performance by Grimsby Morris Men at a Christmas Dance (organised by Grimsby Folk Song Club) held at the Lifeboat Hotel in Cleethorpes. The Lifeboat was knocked down many years ago, but on 21st December 2017 members of Grimsby Morris, supported by friends and former team members, danced on Cleethorpes prom opposite the site of the Lifeboat. The evening was dry but cool so after a short performance we moved on to dance outside the Nottingham pub ( which has not been knocked down!) and soon were warm inside the “Notts” and tucking into a wonderful Lincolnshire plum bread accompanied by “Dam buster” cheese. Many reminiscences, songs and tunes were enjoyed and it was a grand event and good to see old friends and supporters of the side!

Celebration plum bread and cheese.

     Celebration plum bread and cheese.

 


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