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Past Squire, Bagman and Foreman and Honorary Fool for the side, so you'll hear my dulcet vocal tones if you see us dancing out.

Norman Hopson

I have been Morris Dancing since 1976, starting with Kennet MM in Reading after attending workshops at Folk Festivals. After moving to Sussex, in the autumn of 1986, I danced with Brighton MM for the 1987 season and then joined Long Man MM in 1991. I was Treasurer from 1994 to 1997, maintained the Club's records from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 I was elected Squire. Since 2002, after my 3 year Squireship I have took on the role of Publicity Officer. I was Bagman for "The Sunshine Coast" Ring Meeting in 2005. In April 2007 I was re-elected as Squire for a second term.

Ian Meikle

I started 'squeezing' for the Morris over 40 years ago with the Malvern Swordsmen and still continue to play for them on occasions. On moving to Eastbourne more than 10 years ago I joined Long Man Morris who from the first evening made me most welcome. Thanks to music, the Morris and International Folk festivals, I have been able to visit many countries including Norway, France, Germany, Austria, The Ukraine and Poland where I am now a regular visitor and am looking forward to spending the rest of my life trying to understand the rules of Polish grammar!

Peter White
Peter White

 

Maurice Lawlor

 

Jim Edmonds

Joined LMMM in 1981. Have held the offices of Squire. Foreman and Bagman; also the post of Archivist. Favourite traditions: Fieldtown and Bampton. Favourite beer: Harveys!

Also dance with my local Village sides Winter Solstice Morris and Summer Solstice Morris. Perform mummers plays with Winter Solstice Mummers and Punnetts Town Pace-eggers.

 

Andrew Rannie

 

John Purcell

While at Cambridge, John was taught by Arthur Peck, - Classics not Morris Dancing. He has played Jazz, Rock and Folk music at various venues around Eastbourne. Fiddler for “My Lord Sheriff’s Complaint”, he eventually found new musical horizons with Long Man Morris Men. After some years, the side persuaded John to put the fiddle aside and learn to dance. With Jinky Wells as a role model, he is still working on fiddling and dancing simultaneously. He believes in the sanctity of the Morris Man’s calling, thereby avoiding solo jigs.

 

You can take the lad out of Hull but not Hull out of the lad. A greatly gifted dancer with a strong sense of irony. Makes Rudolf Nuryev look like a donkey. All transfer requests considered. Full service history.

John Harmer

 


 


First took up morris with Datchet MM in 1975 when we moved to Slough after some years general Folk dancing.  I was Fool and Bagman at various times with Datchet until moving to Epsom in 1982 when I joined Spring Grove MM. There I was Squire, Foreman and Fool (though not necessarily all at the same time). In 1993 I changed allegiance to East Surrey MM spending some time as Fool and also acting as Bagman for the 2001 Ring Meeting.  In 2004 I took early retirement from teaching (following heart by-pass surgery in 1999), retired to Pevensey Bay and joined Long Man MM (as the local side I had both seen and been recommended by ESMM)


Dave Sargent

 


Roger Green

I first started Morris Dancing in January 2000, after seeing Ewell St Mary MM dancing out on Boxing Day. A female friend on mine wanted to do Morris dancing, as it turned out one of the dancers on the Boxing day was a guest from Spring Grove MM who were starting a mixed side, to see if they could boost the numbers of people dancing the Morris in the Kingston (Surrey) area. As I had fancied trying myself, we both went along to practise.
We danced out on as a mixed side on May 1st 2000 as Off-Spring Morris on top of Box Hill in Surrey at Dawn.
I also danced with Spring Grove MM at a number of events, which included - Richmond Fair, Kingston May Day, Englegreen Fair, Christchurch Festival, Yateley MM Day of Dance, Thaxted Ring Meeting and too many pubs to remember.
I moved to Eastbourne in February 2005 and joined Long Man MM to continue dancing "Cotswold" Morris - although most of the dances I knew were not danced by Long Man, so it meant starting again!!!


I gained an insight into the LMMM & Morris dancing through the noble art of "Toad in the Hole." I have also been a party to a number of local events over the past few years at which members of the LMMM were also present. From these contacts with various members of the LMMM, my will has been subdued and I agreed to attend Morris dancing practice every Friday at  Willingdon Church Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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