Monday, 6 July 2015

Old Bikes & Morris Dancing

This weekend saw the annual Potty Morris Festival here in Sheringham, with 36 teams from all over the country visiting to dance in different traditional styles & costumes. Saturday & Sunday saw the town filled with folk in various regalia with bells ringing on every street & the sounds of the melodeon, fiddle & drum playing to accompany the dancers

The Bourne Borderers, from Lincolnshire
This was the 22nd Sheringham Morris Dance Festival since the event was set up by Clive Rayment & Reg Grimes. For the first time the event was unfortunately without the Sheringham Lobster Potties themselves, but 36 other teams danced Cotswold, Border, North West & Molly traditions over ten dance spots all over the town.

Leicester Morris Men
Holt Ridge Morris at the Crab & Lobster Festival, May 2015
Potty Festival is not complete without Real Ale, and the pubs were filled with revellers & more musical entertainment in the evenings.

Sunday saw us among the motorcycle exhibits at the Vintage Transport Festival. The bikes park up on Sheringham station platform. The loco, a BR Standard 4 number 76084 was outshopped in 1957 so she is contemporary with many of these bikes. Here's a lovely Norton Dominator 88 with my Bantam in the background, a C15 and another Dominator.

Same scene, a bit later in the day. The sun has gone but we have a Rapide and a Commando Roadster.

Very handsome Dominator, hiding my Square Four from view

A Silver Bantam, and the Suzuki AC50 & BSA SS80 Sports Star seen at the recent Classic Car & Bike Show.

A group of scooters:

A Matchless G9 with a very interesting looking Gold Star:

There were a lot of Velocettes this year:

A nice BSA A10:

The silver Bantam again, with Amelia in the background just to prove she was there:

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