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About this issue of "Rattle Up My Boys"

Summary: Series 28 Issue 1 

Published: February 2021

Editor: Jeff Lawson

#Citation: Rattle Up My Boys, 28 (1), Feb 2021,

Featured in this issue:

  • Midwinter, nearly, Dancing (p2)
  • Grenoside Boxing Day 2020 (p3)
  • Gerry Bates 21/08/1942- 21/11/2020 (p4)
  • Castleford Longsword Sad Departure (p5)
  • Editorial (p6)
  • Renaat van Craenenbroeck’s Speurtocht, part 2 (p6-9)
  • Harold and Marion Pobjoy, and the Mirfield Sword Dance (p10-11)
  • Royal Liberty (p12)


This issues highlights innovative online performances by various sword dance teams due to COVID-19 restrictions. It covers virtual adaptations of traditional dances, detailed obituaries, and historical articles on sword dance. Notable segments include online performances by Sullivan’s Sword, a tribute to Gerry Bates by Grenoside, and contributions to church services by Goathland Plough Stots and Claro. The issue also features translations of historical articles on longsword dance from Dutch to English, providing a wider audience access to this cultural heritage.

Featured sides

This issue features Sullivan’s Sword, Grenoside, Handsworth, Redcar, Monkseaton Morris Men, Goathland Plough Stots, and Claro. Each team showcased their performances online, adapting to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured events

Featured events in this issue include virtual performances by Sullivan’s Sword, Grenoside’s tribute to Gerry Bates, and Handsworth’s production. The Goathland Plough Stots participated in a church service in Goathland, and Claro contributed to a virtual service by Knaresborough Team Ministry. Monkseaton Morris Men’s New Year’s Day dance was also highlighted, along with their charity efforts.


#Editor: Jeff Lawson
#Citation: Rattle Up My Boys (RUMB), 28(1),


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