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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

May Day Mayhem at Cerne Abbas

Are you prepared to get up early on Friday, May 1?

If so you could be in for a once-a-year treat!

At 5:15am the Wessex Morris Men will be Morris-Dancing on top of the Cerne Giant.

The performance will last approximately 30 minutes and it will be followed by a procession, starting from the Village Hall and ending at the village square in front of The Royal Oak.

There will be another half hour performance then after which the Wessex Morris Men are going to proceed to The New Inn for a well-deserved, hearty breakfast – you might want to join them!

The singing and playing is bound to continue there – a proper Mayday celebration.

The “Dorset Ooser” will also be in attendance.

It will of course be a replica, the original stemming from Melbury St. Osmonds when it was used for scaring naughty children and irritant wife's – plenty of those around I hear you say!

If you would like another further information on the event or the Wessex Morris Men themselves please visit there website at www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk


The Wessex Morris Men have been in existence for over 50 years and their core is about 20 men strong.

They used to practice in Cerne Village Hall before it was refurbished but were then quite happy to stay in the alternative premises they had to find.

So make a date in your diaries now and don’t forget to set the alarm clock!

Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 21st April 2009

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