Wicket Brood Day of Dance, St Albans
29th March 2003
Another year, and another excellent Wicket Brood Day of Dance in St Albans.
We kicked off at the Clock Tower, thence to the Verulam Arms, the Abbey and The Fighting Cocks (one of several pubs claimed to be the oldest pub in England). We had the pleasure of the Slovakian Morena dancers in addition to our mates in Wicket Brood.
The dancing highlight of the day was probably the massed East Acton dance at the Abbey - with over 60 participants. Maybe a picture will turn up.
Present on the day were: Adrian, Bob, Chris, Colin, Dave K, Diane, Doug, Gill, Ian F, Jenny, Jill, Linda, Liz, Mike G, Mike S, Nikki, Pam, Ruth and Vera.
dancing Brimfield near the Clock Tower
The men are Colin, Dave K, Adrian (almost hidden) and Mike G (hidden). The ladies are Jenny, Nikki, Ruth and Diane.
|Brimfield again - from the other end of the set. Adrian is facing us, and Ruth is doing some kind of fairy dance.|
From L to R: Gill (just), Pam, Jan (from WB), Doug, Mike S, Ian F, Vera and Bob
Brood dancing at the clock tower.
Jan and Martin playing.
I'm afraid I don't know their names, and even if I did, I probably couldn't spell them!
|After the Clock-Tower, off to The Verulam Arms for lunch and a bit more dancing|
|Adrian, Bob, Colin, Vera, Gill and Mike S|
Nikki and Ruth are identifiable in this dance
This could be Wrekin Havoc - it seems to involve both Left and Right Cuddles
Something seems to have got Ruths attention
Brood relaxing at the Verulam Arms
Martin in the foreground
This time, at the Abbey. Pam plays the concertina while others mill about or listen or both.
|Lined up outside St Albans Abbey, ready (in most cases) to dance a double set of Sheepskins around these cherubic children|
Sheepskins in progress
Jenny Ruth and Mike G on the left, with Linda, Nikki and Colin dancing
and Wicket Brood in a double Worcester Monkey at the
Sixteen Morris Dancers standing in two straight lines. It may happen again - but probably not any time soon.
Nearest are Linda and Ruth with Adrian and Diane visible
chorus of Alvechurch Smithy, danced to perfection
Chris and Jenny are just crossing, whilst Mike G and Adrian approach.
"dunk" or "men-in" figure in
The facing men are Adrian and Mike G, with Jenny and Linda sticking
dance is this? Is it a dance at all?
Whatever is going on, Adrian seems to be standing watching it
dancing at The Fighting Cocks.
The "Lady in Red" is Andreijka (spelled something like that).