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Talk – ‘Morris Dancers and Rose Queens’ Volume 1: 1888-1900 ‘Once over Lightly’ – Johnny Haslett (LIVE on Zoom)

Saturday 15 May 2021, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Morris Dancers and Rose Queens volume 1

Talk – ‘Morris Dancers and Rose Queens’ Volume 1: 1888-1900 ‘Once over Lightly’ – Johnny Haslett

Johnny Haslett takes us on a tour of his book Morris Dancers and Rose Queens (Volume 1) – an anthology of reported Carnivals and Galas in West Lancashire between 1888 and 1900, together with the accompanying morris dancing activity.

This is a definitive work about the sociology of Lancashire at the end of the nineteenth century.

Johnny HaslettCarnivals and Galas that took place in West Lancashire, as the nineteenth century drew to its close, have been meticulously researched together with details of all the accompanying Morris dancing activity. Selected newspaper reportage from the time, giving a unique perspective on the lives of the ordinary people, is used to paint an amazing picture of the communities of the region as a whole.

Here we have Morris dancing teams that travelled distances to perform in towns beyond the county limits, teams that couldn’t afford to move about and stayed near home. Morris dancers who were influenced  by the dancing of other teams or who started up in a town or village following a visit from dancers of another town. Benefactors who invested in their local team. Its all here.

A unique and valuable source of reference, this book brings together a wealth of fascinating information for the serious researcher and casual reader alike.

Johnny Haslett has published 3 volumes of Morris  Dancers and Rose Queens; Volume 4 will be out soon.

Your host

Leyland Festival 1986Johnny Haslett has been involved in North West Morris dancing for many more years than he now cares to remember. Living in Leyland, in central Lancashire, not only was it virtually inevitable that he should spend much of his working life at Leyland Motors, but it was an almost equally natural sequence of events that led to him becoming a member of the Leyland Morris Men.

Swept along by the enthusiastic tide of new teams in the late seventies, he later joined the revived Preston Royal Morris Dancers and subsequently became their leader.

To register

Please complete this online form: Register for the Talk – Morris Dancers and Rose Queens Volume 1 1888-1900 – Johnny Haslett; you will receive a confirmation email immediately (check your spam/junk/promotions folder!).  We will send you a Zoom link a couple of days before the event.  Open to all – you don’t have to be a member of a team in The Morris Federation.

Optional Donations

If you enjoy this event, then it would be wonderful if you could send a donation, small or large, to Johnny’s chosen place – The Morris Federation.  Click ‘Buy Now’ to donate by Paypal (opens in new window – enter “Johnny Haslett” in the description, and close that window when finished).  Or contact us (select Membership & Merchandise) for our BACS details – please use “Johnny Haslett” as the reference for your donation. All funds raised from this talk will be ‘ring-fenced’ to support suitable North-West Morris related projects.



Saturday 15 May 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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