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Can you help a community pub find ‘eccentric’ Morris Dancers?

PUBLISHED: 09:38 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:38 12 July 2018

Beer Festival at The Fox Inn at Garboldisham. Directors Ian Skipper, left, and Eddie Theaker. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Beer Festival at The Fox Inn at Garboldisham. Directors Ian Skipper, left, and Eddie Theaker. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

A Norfolk community pub is on the hunt for Morris Dancers as they prepare to celebrate the regions first ever Norfolk Day.

Beer Festival at The Fox Inn at Garboldisham. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYBeer Festival at The Fox Inn at Garboldisham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Fox Inn, in Garboldisham near Diss, is looking for the jingling bell dancers to help entertain guests with their traditional form of English dancing.

The pub did have a group booked but they were unable to gather enough members for the occasion.

One of the directors of the pub, Eddie Theaker, 62, from Garboldisham, said: “We had a group of Morris Dancers booked who performed at our last beer festival but they had to pull out.

“As we’re a community pub we thought, as one of the only community pubs in Norfolk, we would celebrate Norfolk Day.

Can you help a Norfolk pub on the hunt for Morris Dancers?. Picture: BRIAN GAUDETCan you help a Norfolk pub on the hunt for Morris Dancers?. Picture: BRIAN GAUDET

“We have MP Liz Truss coming at midday to open our new mini-kitchen so we can start a little cafe and do snacks. The opening will be the caking of a cake instead of a ribbon.”

The event is bringing the community together with residents, councillors and directors of the pub. There is no landlord at the pub, instead it is run by a committee of six directors and volunteer staff.

Retired firefighter Mr Theaker added: “We have had Morris Dancers at a previous date and they were a local group so we wanted to join in with the hashtag and have groups from our community.

“From 4pm we are having community stalls at the pub which will help put a spotlight on them.”

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The pub hosts a range of real ales from across East Anglia but only a selection of Norfolk ales will be available on Norfolk Day.

Mr Theaker added: “Morris Dancing is traditional English country eccentricity and they are always good and like their real ale so the pair go together.

“They are attractive, with their colours and they’re quite vibrant. It would be good be able to celebrate them and the pub.”

The inaugural Norfolk Day is happening on Friday, July 27, and will see residents, businesses and charities celebrating what is great about the county through a variety of events.

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