The Golden Year

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Grimsby Morris Men were formed back in the dark ages (1967) and, after a bit of practice, made their first appearance in public at the Lifeboat Hotel on 21st December 1967. The Lifeboat is, alas, no longer with us but Grimsby Morris Men are still here and still dancing (and boaring!). As this is our fiftieth year we intend to do lots of celebrating.


The celebrations will start on the 49th anniversary of the first dance-out, 21st December 2016 and will continue through to the 50th anniversary on 21st December 2017. There'll be lots going on between those dates, including dance-outs with friends from around the region, celebrations at the Cleethorpes Folk and Cider Festival, a (proposed) weekend of dance in July and lots of other stuff. Our website manager is posting the events, at least in outline form, on the site. This job should be completed by the end of the first week in December and the listing will be updated as the details roll in.


We want lots of folk to help us celebrate and hope to be joined by other sides, former members or friends of the side and the general public wether you've seen us before or not. Come along and join in the merry-making.

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 2015

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.


Calling Former Grimsby Morris Men


                                                Grimsby Morris Men in 1967


If you have danced or played with Grimsby Morris Men any time in the last half a century we want to hear from you. We like to keep in touch with former members anyway but 2017 is a big year for us as it is our fiftieth anniversary. We are planning lots of special events and celebrations including an extra special members and former members feast. We'd love you to join us for that or for any of the other events during the year, or at any other time of course.


You can get in touch via the Contact Us menu item or by emailing our bagman, Nick, at or you can phone Nick on 07925 327020.

Join Us

Grimsby Morris Men are looking for new dancers.


Darcey Bussell en pointeFred and GingerBojangles


If you are male, aged between 5 and 105 and have two feet, even if you think they're both left feet, we can teach you to morris dance. Morris dancing is great exercise and great fun and gets you out in the open air or inside some great pubs (soft drinks only for under 18s).

If you're even vaguely interested in having a go come along to practice, have a chat with us and we'll get you capering in no time. Practice takes place most Mondays between 8 pm and 10 pm at Park Congregational Church Hall.

Alternatively, come along to a dance-out, have a chat and pick up one of our leaflets or send our bagman, Nick, an email through our Contact Us page.

Plough Plays and Wassails

During December and January some members of GMM put down their sticks and hankies and put on some different costumes; its Plough Play season!

The Lincolnshire plough plays are a tradition dating back centuries and are similar in structure to the mummer's plays performed throughout the country. Farm workers were laid off and un-paid between Christmas Eve and Plough Monday, the first Monday in January, and the men, referred to as "Plough Jags", would go out round the big houses and pubs in their locality and perform their own mummer's play in order to earn food, beer and some extra money. The arrival of the Plough Jags became an essential part of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Each village in Lincolnshire had its own play and many of these still exist today.

Grimsby Morris Men are helping to keep this tradition alive. Each year, around Christmas, we perform a different Lincolnshire plough play in pubs and other places around Lincolnshire. Instead of collecting money to supplement our meagre wages, we collect for local charities. If we enter your hostelry this year, enjoy the play and then dig deep into your pockets. Think of it as paying to make us go away!





January is also wassail season.

Like the plough plays, wassailing is a traditional activity, but is much more ancient, probably pre-dating the arrival of Christianity in England. The purpose of wassailing is to awake the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn.

We usually do a couple of wassails at places where apple trees are growing. We dance, sing, recite "poetry", perform our plough play and toast the apple tries to encourage Pomona, the godess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards, to bring a bumper crop of apples at harvest time. Although reluctant, we usually consume small quantities of cider to further encourage the godess.

Have a look at our events listing to catch up with a plough play performance or a wassail.


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GMM News

Plough Monday


Grimsby Morris Men group photo - Plough Monday 2017 


Plough Monday (the first Monday after 6th January- in this case, 9th Jan 2017) saw Grimsby Morris Men at the Red Lion in Redbourne. Luckily, the weather co-operated and the evening was dry and not too cold. After decorating the plough with ribbons and lights, the team performed a selection of our “Boarder” dances and sang “All jolly fellows that follow the plough” for a small but appreciative audience outside the pub. We then retreated to the warmth of the Red Lion to be greeted by the sound of Grimsby Morris men over the hostelry’s music system, curtesy of some recording from the internet! Very soon the live sound of Grimsby Morris was to be heard with a performance of the North Kelsey Plough Play followed by appropriate seasonal songs and tunes with an agricultural theme. A grand time was had by all. Thanks to the management at the Red Lion for allowing us to visit. Next year we must book a larger audience!

Anniversary Tour



The Golden Year Begins


Last night, Wednesday 21st December 2016, members of Grimsby Morris Men, were out in Cleethorpes performing the North Kelsey plough play. But this was not just another plough play tour. No, last night marked the 49th anniversary of Grimsby Morris Men's very first official public dance-out, at the Lifeboat Hotel on 21st December 1967.

To celebrate this momentous anniversary, and the start of Grimsby Morris Men's fiftieth (or "Golden") year, we made this tour a bit special. First of all we performed the play at the No.2 (Under the Clock) and the Notts, collecting for this year's charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Then, still at the Nott's we sang a couple of songs and toasted the founders of Grimsby Morris Men. Our second song was "Boar's Head and Bells" a song written for us by the world renowned John Connolly, a founder member of the side. With John's permission our own Trevor Jones has added two new verses to celebrate our fiftieth year and the new version of the song received its world premier last night.

Boxing Day Tour 2015

This year's Boxing Day tour was a roaring success!

The weather was fairly kind again (it never rains on the Morris Men) so there were lots of people out in Cleethorpes. Some of them even stopped to watch! The dancing was pretty good, apart from the odd mistake, and the audience seemed to enjoy the show. I can say this with some assurance as the dances I wasn't in looked excellent. Our debutante, Julian Thompson, was dragged into the set for several dances and did a pretty damn good job on his first outing, as well as collecting when he wasn't dancing. Well done julian!


Outside the PunchbowlDancing at the Wellow



Many thanks to our hosts and their patrons at the hostelries we visited; the Wellow, Willy's Pub, the Punchbowl, the No.2 and the Notts. Particular thanks go to Roger and Anne at the Notts for the warm welcome, the excellent spread provided and for hosting the session in the sports bar. Its a shame we couldn't stay a bit longer.

Thanks also to our many friends who came along to support us and to our guest musicians, Max Bradley, Nina Hansell, Joy Spreadborough and Mike Gott as well as our solid as a rock regulars Ken Watson and Steve Fuller.

The biggest thanks of all go to the members of the public inside and outside each venue who not only supported us dancing but dug deep into there pockets to provide an excellent collection for Grimsby area Doorstep.

Thankyou one and all and have a very happy new year!