by Nick Booth
The Golden Year Begins
Last night, Wednesday 21st December 2016, members of Grimsby Morris Men, were out in Cleethorpes performing the North Kelsey plough play. But this was not just another plough play tour. No, last night marked the 49th anniversary of Grimsby Morris Men's very first official public dance-out, at the Lifeboat Hotel on 21st December 1967.
To celebrate this momentous anniversary, and the start of Grimsby Morris Men's fiftieth (or "Golden") year, we made this tour a bit special. First of all we performed the play at the No.2 (Under the Clock) and the Notts, collecting for this year's charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Then, still at the Nott's we sang a couple of songs and toasted the founders of Grimsby Morris Men. Our second song was "Boar's Head and Bells" a song written for us by the world renowned John Connolly, a founder member of the side. With John's permission our own Trevor Jones has added two new verses to celebrate our fiftieth year and the new version of the song received its world premier last night.