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Friday, 30 April 2010

Events: May Day Morris Dancing at Cerne Abbas with the Wessex Morris Men

 The Wessex Morris Men - May Day 2009Tomorrow  May Day morning at dawn, The Wessex Morris Men climb up to the top of Giant Hill, above the famous chalk figure and fertility symbol 'The Cerne Abbas Giant', to welcome in the coming of Summer with a set of traditional morris dances. This is also the one time of year when the horned Dorset Ooser is brought out from the Dorset County Museum to make its annual appearance. The magical Dorset Ooser is a representation of a bull or Wild Man which by tradition was believed to be a potent source of fertility.

The Wessex Morris Men will perform their annual ritual dance at the Trendle or Giant's Enclosure, above the Cerne Abbas Giant. At sunrise (approx 5.15am) on the site of an ancient may pole high on the hill above the village. They will then process into the village to dance in the square outside the Red Lion at around 7.30pm.

Below: The Wessex Morris Men perform on May Day morning at Cerne Abbas.


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