The Morris dancers arrived, a Christmas treat here in Wivenhoe. Although the weather was bitterly cold, many a brave soul ventured out to join in the festive cheer.
My favorite besides the dancing and the amazing music was the spotted dog, who opened his mouth to collect offerings as we enjoyed the merriment that held us captivated and transported to earlier times.
(The dog was made of papier mache, if you open up the picture you will be able to see the torn paper).
The troupe danced so many different dances they danced continuously for over an hour.
Although the temperature hadn't got above freezing, the sun shone down upon us, smiles all round, pints of beer from the 'Black Bouy'...
More cheery smiles... hic..
If you want to see more visit a local blog /http://onionbagblog.com/tag/colchester-morris-men/ It is a good blog to visit.. There is a short film which is wonderful
http://www.colchestermorrismen.org/index.html the Colchester Morris blog.. great traditional music and songs as well as more about the Morris dancers.