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Morris dancers provide a jolly good evening at the Brewers

A 27-year tradition at the Jolly Brewers was observed when two groups of English folk dancers made eagerly anticipated returns.

The South Street pub has been welcoming the Standon Morris dancers each summer since 1992. For the last four years, Thaxted Morris Men have joined in the revelry.

Licensee Jackie Carpenter is a big fan of morris dancing. When she took over the pub in 1991 she decided to support the local groups and the following year the annual celebration was born.

For their latest performance, dancers donned bell pads and colourful waistcoats, and performed for more than 50 drinkers, who were invited to take part in the final dance of the night. A barbecue was laid on.

The team at the pub are now preparing for their next event: music festival Jollies Fest on Saturday July 20 from 2pm, when 10 local acts will perform: Natasha Strange, Sorry Not Sorry, The Feb 21s, MBs, Murder of Crows, Afterlife, Escape Party, Clean Sneak, Fubar and The Luminectric. Tickets can be bought in advance from the pub for £5 or on the day for £7.

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