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About this issue of "Rattle Up My Boys"

Summary: Series 22 Issue 1

Published: November 2014

Editor: Jeff Lawson

Featured in this issue:

  • SDU Longsword Tournament (p1-3)
  • SDU AGM (p3)
  • Spen Valley Longsword have an outing (p4)
  • Women in Longsword (p4)
  • Midwinter Dancing Dates (p5)
  • The Sword Dancing of Tradition (p6-8)
  • Teesdale Longsword Dancers Shine at Morris Fed. AGM (p8)
  • Eddie Cass – death of  (p9)
  • SDU Longsword Tournament 2015 (p9)
  • A keen eyed Gordon Ridgewell writes (p9):
    Corrections to RUMB 2121, 3 & 4 – Teesdale Mercury
  • A Hundred Years On  (p10-11):
    1st World War Dancers who didn’t return, Leyland Morris
  • Sword Dance Company Uberlingen (p12)
  • SDU Results (p12)

Content Analysis


This issue covers the latest happenings in the sword dance community, including detailed reports from the SDU Longsword Tournament held in Richmond, North Yorkshire. It features vibrant photographs and results of the competition, highlighting both traditional and contemporary sword dance performances. The edition also discusses the SDU AGM, where key issues such as youth participation and the promotion of sword dancing were addressed. Additionally, it presents various upcoming events and dances across the UK, alongside insightful articles on the tradition and evolution of sword dancing.

Featured sides

This issue features several sword dance sides including Carlisle Clog & Sword; Claro Sword and Morris; Goathland Plough Stots; Grenoside Sword Dancers; Hawksword; Monkseaton Morrismen; Redcar Sword Dancers; Sallyport Sword; Six Jolly Miners; Sullivan’s Sword.

Hashtags for these sides which are listed in the survey of Use of Hashtags to Identify Morris Federation Sides include #GrenosideSwordDancers and #SallyportSword. 

Featured events

The featured events in this issue include the SDU Longsword Tournament in Richmond, North Yorkshire, and the Gainford Folk and Beer Festival. Additionally, the Barnsley Sword Dancers’ performance at the Dodworth Fire Festival and the Sallyport Sword Dancers’ Shields Road Tour in Byker are highlighted. Other events include Boxing Day performances in Harrogate Town Centre and Bempton, and various sword dance displays across locations like Grenoside, Woodhouse, Kirkby Malzeard, and Southport.


#Editor: Jeff Lawson
#Citation: Rattle Up My Boys (RUMB), 22(1),


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