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About this issue of "Rattle Up My Boys"

Summary: Series 3 Issue 2

Published: Summer 1991

Editor: Trevor Stone

Featured in this issue:

  • Ampleforth Sword Dance – the background to the 1950’s revival (p1-5):
    The background to the 1950s revival by the Ampleforth college team
  • Sword Dance in Antwerp (p6-7):
    Details of the Lange Wapper team
  • Sword Dance in America (p7)
  • More From America (p8)
  • News from Papa Stour (p8):
    Papa Stour dance on Papa Stour

Content Analysis


This issue provides a comprehensive history of the Ampleforth Sword Dance, highlighting its revival in the 1950s led by Father Damian Webb. It traces the dance’s origins, including influences from stained glass artwork and folk dance festivals. The narrative includes detailed accounts of the dance’s evolution, the impact of local figures, and the efforts to preserve the tradition. Key events such as the Royal Albert Hall performance and a pilgrimage to Fatima are covered. The document also explores the challenges of maintaining the dance tradition and efforts to transfer it back to the local village community.

Featured sides

Ampleforth Sword Dance team; Carlisle Sword; Papa Stour Sword Dancers; Malton Longsword team; Lange Wapper Dance Team.

Featured events

Royal Albert Hall performance; Pilgrimage to Fatima; Mid-Lent Sword Dance performances in Antwerp; Half Moon Sword Ale in New York; Wedding performance on Papa Stour; Sword Dance event at the Royal Show in York; Dance display in Pickering; Workshops and inspections by the English Folk Dance & Song Society.


#Editor: Trevor Stone
#Citation: Rattle Up My Boys (RUMB), 3(2),


Last updated: 1 Jul 2024

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