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In April we visited Pitstone Museum again, a very enjoyable event.
|Louise in full swing|
The following week we went to Oxford, where we danced in several locations.
|the musicians concentrating...|
|Squire Martin attacks the crowds|
|Smiles and Ribbons|
|At the very welcoming Angler's Retreat in Marsworth|
|Dancing at World's End Garden Centre, Wendover|
Taking it seriously!
Waltzing to the band
|We march through the Shopping Centre in Aylesbury|
|Dancing in the shopping centre|
|Charles and Martin join the Gong Scourers|
|Witchmen with sticks|
In May we were the guests of Wicket Brood at the Rising Sun in Berkhamsted - an event that was captured on video by the local DeeTV.
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In mid June we had a very busy weekend. Many of the side danced in St Albans, then they headed up to Stoke Bruerne for the Boat Festival there, where others were already staying. We played in the evening, then danced by the lock the following day in the sunshine.
|Always time for music, even in a break|
|Avoiding the lock is always important|
In September we headed for the Folk Festival in Swanage:
The Saturday started in very heavy rain, as those of us travelling down the motorway in the morning found out, but it stopped raining around lunchtime, and by the afternoon we had brilliant sunshine. Swanage is a small town, the beach is right next to the promenade, and there is a strong feeling of old fashioned family holidays.
|Even the band get to dance sometimes|
|the end of Worcestershire Monkey|
|'Vampire Moon', ribbons and waistcoats|
|David - 'Whalebone'|
|Squire Martin in the sunshine|
At the end of the Saturday all the sides line up for a processional dance through the town and along the promenade, at the end, each side splits into two and turns to face the oncoming dancers, making a tunnel for them to pass under. As they do this they cheer and congratulate the oncoming dancers - a really wonderful feeling for those arriving at the end of the long processional dance.
|A great place to dance|
|photo: Susan Stimpson|