AVMM performed two long sets at Wardington Village Fete on Saturday 1 September and were warmly received by an appreciative crowd – especially when more than half a dozen children joined us for an audience participation version of Shepherd’s Hey. But it wasn’t just enthusiastic youngsters, bounding out from the crowd came Wardington’s oldest resident – Evelyn Phillips, aged 100! Evelyn told us that she is a lifelong dancer and she immediately picked-up the movements and steps, dancing near to the youngest member of her family aged 2. With five generations of the Phillips family present and an age gap of 98 years between the youngest and most senior dancers, this is a perfect example of the universal appeal of dance! At the conclusion of the event, the organiser immediately re-booked us for next year’s Fete and we’ll hope that Evelyn can join us then too.
We are proud of the fact that we now have a number of keen young Morris dancers in the side and in seven year old Dylan, probably the youngest dancer in the country to know and be able to perform a respectable version of all the Adderbury dances as performed by AVMM.