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JMO 20th Anniversary – Regional Day of Dance 2023 (Newcastle)

JMO 20th Anniversary – Regional Day of Dance 2023 (Newcastle & Gateshead Quays)

Black Gate Morris in Newcastle 2022In 2023 the Joint Morris Organisations are running a series of regional days of dance to celebrate 20 years since the national Day of Dance in Trafalgar Square in November 2003 which was held to celebrate the exemption of “morris dancing” from the Licensing Act 2003.

These regional events are hosted by a collaboration of members of teams of all three morris organisations in the UK – The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring, and Open Morris.

The regional event for the North East is in Newcastle City Centre and Gateshead Quays on Sat 7th October 2023.

Dancing with be around Newcastle’s iconic City and the scenic River Tyne.

Dance teams please apply to stating: team name, contact name and details (inc phone number), home base, dance style, and approximate numbers.  (Note that licencing regulations mean that any amplified music will need to be played at ‘acoustic’ volume.)   We are also seeking volunteers to help steward the day. Please reply to the above email address also.


Programme: Here is the full JMO Newcastle Day of Dance Programme, including who is dancing where and when, and a map.

10:30-13:15 and 14:15-16:00 Teams dance at:

  • Baltic Square NE8 3BA
  • Newcastle Quayside (opp Crown Ct) NE1 3LA
  • Castle Great Hall NE1 1RQ
  • Railway Station (Plaza or Indoors) NE1 5DL
  • Old Eldon Square NE1 7UG

16:30-17:30 Finale – all teams dance at Castle Garth NE1 1RQ.

Teams booked are:

Team Area Dance style Web site Member of
Benfieldside Morris & Sword Durham, County Durham Cotswold, Rapper Benfieldside’s Facebook site Morris Ring
Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Darlington, County Durham Cotswold Black Diamond’s Facebook page Morris Federation
Black Gate Morris Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Cotswold Black Gate’s Facebook page Morris Federation
Border Reivers Morris Glasgow, Lanarkshire Border Border Reivers Morris’ Facebook page Morris Federation
Hadrian Clog Hexham, Northumberland Clog Step Hadrian Clog’s Facebook page Morris Federation
Hexham Morris Men Hexham, Northumberland Cotswold, Border Morris Federation
Hexhamshire Lasses Hexham, Northumberland Garland, Clog Step Morris Federation
Leeds Morris Leeds, West Yorkshire Cotswold Morris Federation
Monkseaton Morris North Shields, Tyne and Wear Cotswold, Rapper Monkeaston’s Facebook page Morris Ring
Rainbow Morris Shipley, West Yorkshire North West Rainbow Morris’ Facebook page Morris Federation
Star and Shadow Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Rapper, Clog Step Morris Federation
Wharfedale Wayzgoose Otley, West Yorkshire Border Open Morris


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