Morris dancers parade through streets of Horwich

The Bolton News: The Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup in action The Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup in action

MORRIS dancers paraded through the streets of Horwich to commemorate St George’s Day.

Several dancing troupes followed a circular route around the town, which started and finished at the Crown pub in Chorley New Road.

Groups included the Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men, the Persphone Morris Dancers, Rivington Morris, Rose and Castle Morris from Northamptonshire and Wrigley Head Morris Men.

Bob Bradley, the secretary of the Horwich group, said: “It was a really good day and was the 26th year that we have held the parade.”

Also performing were the Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup, pictured, a group which has been accused of racism because members black up their faces.

But Mr Bradley denied that the group, which has been running for 157 years and is also known as The Nutters, was racist, adding that it was a popular draw to the parade.

He said: “They are popular because they are unusual.

“Of course they are not racist, it is part of our tradition.

“It is not making fun of people. Originally it would be from coal miners who rubbed coal dust onto their faces.”

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1:23pm Mon 28 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

They blacked their faces to scare off evil spirits and demons,that was long before racism became such a "card" issue.
They blacked their faces to scare off evil spirits and demons,that was long before racism became such a "card" issue. boltonnut
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3:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

rostron says...

Shame the article didn't concentrate on the dancing, the crowds supporting them, instead of a few men with paint on their faces !
Not rascism at all, & one small photo doesn't show anything at all about the Morris dancers, mind you it's not Bolton is it !
Shame the article didn't concentrate on the dancing, the crowds supporting them, instead of a few men with paint on their faces ! Not rascism at all, & one small photo doesn't show anything at all about the Morris dancers, mind you it's not Bolton is it ! rostron
  • Score: 15

4:53pm Mon 28 Apr 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

So, as soon as anyone even hints at discussing any race-related issues on any article on here, the mods disable the comments facility immediately.

However, this article (which you would have thought would be a prime candidate for not having comments enabled) is apparently fine.

I'll give it about half an hour.......
So, as soon as anyone even hints at discussing any race-related issues on any article on here, the mods disable the comments facility immediately. However, this article (which you would have thought would be a prime candidate for not having comments enabled) is apparently fine. I'll give it about half an hour....... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Keep up the traditions of St Georges Day, Morris Dancing, etc.
Gald the Coconut Dancers were confined to Horwich though.
They could get away with it in Bacup but not sure about Bolton.
Keep up the traditions of St Georges Day, Morris Dancing, etc. Gald the Coconut Dancers were confined to Horwich though. They could get away with it in Bacup but not sure about Bolton. Greasy Chip Butty
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10:11pm Mon 28 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Who is the first one to say this is Racist please. ? : )
Who is the first one to say this is Racist please. ? : ) thomas222
  • Score: 3

10:37pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Blackrod says...

What a great tradition, origins can be found on their website and after meeting these guys on numerous events over the years I can say they are far from rasist. Respect to these guys for carrying on whilst those with ignorance make judgements and false accusations.
What a great tradition, origins can be found on their website and after meeting these guys on numerous events over the years I can say they are far from rasist. Respect to these guys for carrying on whilst those with ignorance make judgements and false accusations. Blackrod
  • Score: 11

7:16am Wed 30 Apr 14

notgonehome says...

A family friend who is from the Caribbean said of the Britannia Coconut Dancers when she saw them they are colorful and entertaining and was in no way offended.
A family friend who is from the Caribbean said of the Britannia Coconut Dancers when she saw them they are colorful and entertaining and was in no way offended. notgonehome
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