In my recent post about the Rochester Sweeps Festival there are a couple of photos with unidentified Morris dance sides. I’ve now determined who are the bowler-hatted chaps and chapesses with the red, green and black kit and painted faces.
Alton Morris are an energetic bordering on aggressive Border Morris side, and the above picture makes them look like the thugs out of Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange. The dancers from Hampshire may not be carrying baseball bats, but they still scare the shit out of me. Maybe they are about to launch a pogrom.