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!