23rd Oct, 2016

Sound of bells at morris weekend

Aaron Wise 26th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE BELLS were ringing at Evesham’s National Morris Weekend celebrations when a dancer bravely got down on one knee to propose.

The festival of traditional dance and folk had just come to an end, concluding with the very last dance in Market Square on Sunday (June 21), when Shaun Lambley a dancer with the Stony Steppers, of Milton Keynes plucked up the courage to ask Jess Kenny, a Belle D’Vain dancer, for her hand in marriage over the PA system.

The bride and groom first met through attending Morris festivals and events, and had been together for more than a year before Mr Lambley popped the question in front of a packed crowd and fellow Morris dancers, where Ms Kenny burst into tears before accepting the proposal.

More than 30 Morris dancing sides entertained audiences with free street performances across the Vale where each side gave a demonstration of song and dance to compete for the prestigious Evesham Stick.

Organiser Judy Watkins said: “The atmosphere was brilliantly entertaining and fun.

“The sides were from a wide range of morris traditions and loved coming to Evesham.”

For more information about the weekend, visit www.nationalmorrisweekend.co.uk