Saturday, July 22, 2006

7 July - Chelsea

No photos for this one (I forgot my phone) unless someone else wants to edit some in.

A highlight of this evening was the presence of James Denny, melodeon player for Thames Valley. He pitched in to play for some dances, as we were somewhat short of numbers for the first stand at the Anglesea Arms - until Jeremy arrived.

This meant we had the pleasure of seeing John dance.

The Anglesea was a friendly place, as ever, with plenty of appreciative people outside. Another former dancer bumped into us, and passed on his wisdeom, as they do.

At the close of the show, about 100 people on roller skates shot past along Neville Terrace. We invited them to join in, but they said dancing was tricky on skates.

Some attractive American students took photos, and took a fancy to Antony.

The Surprise is in a nice secluded back street which is, apparently, afflicted with a curtain-twitcher. The pub has had a succession of landlords who have been persuaded to remove the outside benches, and the place seems depleted. The current landlord warned us we'd have to stop if there was a complaint.

There wasn't. Locals chaps joined in, and kids on bikes cycled past, mocking us good-naturedly. We put on a wider range of dances, still with support from James.

We ate sandwiches and chips and wandered home. Pretty much the definition of a good evening's Morris.

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