The Morris stems from ancient pagan rituals which were held in the Spring to ensure prodigious proliferation of crops, livestock and the local populace.
The decline of the rural communities in the 19th century caused many of the Morris traditions to be lost. The fact that a few Morris traditions have survived to the present day is due in the main to a chance encounter between Cecil J. Sharp and the Headington Quarry Morris side on Boxing day, 1899. Sharp, already a noted composer and folk song enthusiast, was inspired to record many of the remaining dances from the reminiscences of the surviving dancers.
Green Ginger Morris (full title Green Ginger Morris & Sword team) was based in Kingston upon Hull, U.K. It was formed in 1968 from the longsword and rapper team of Folk Union One, the folk club at the Blue Bell Hotel, Lowgate, Hull. The side was admitted to the Morris Ring of England in February, 1971.
Letter from the last squire
It is with regret that I have to announce that the Green Ginger Morris and Sword team has decided to go into retirement. We have had well over 40 years of pleasurable dancing and have enjoyed it all.
We would like to thank all our friends for their continued support of our activities; sitting around with a cool drink outside a country pub on a warm summer’s evening, or at a wedding reception or church or school fête watching us dance is one thing, but 5.00 am for sunrise on May Day morning or outside on a freezing cold Boxing Day is dedication indeed.
We would also like to thank the Morris Ring and member sides for all their help and support in the past and say “Thank you” for all the good times we have had at Ring Meetings, Feasts, Ales and Days of Dance. We have many happy memories to savour in our retirement. We would also like to thank the organisers of the various festivals that we have attended and been invited to perform at, especially Durham Folk Party that we have attended regularly for over twenty years at least. We will miss you all.
It is the end of an era for us here in Hull but we hope that the Morris will go on from strength to strength throughout the country and that a new and vigorous generation of young men, rejoicing in their youth and vigour may carry on the tradition for many years to come.
Thank you again, one and all, and may the spirit of the Morris live on in you all.
Some of the last members