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Border Morris

The morris of the border between England and Wales. A collection of dances from villages on the border in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. A different costume, set of dances and music from the Cotswold tradition but just as varied. Strips of cloth and strips of bells are typical instead of baldricks and bell pads. Blacking up is done by some sides possibly orginally as an expedient to prevent employers recognising dancers who were trying to raise extra money. Performance may be associated with Winter time rather than Spring.

Typically a different number of dancers from the almost standard Cotswold six, varying from 3 to 12 or as many as will. Shorter sticks than Cotswold.

Villages (traditions)