With great sadness we have to announce the passing of one of our finest, Ed Lyons, Dancer, Captain of North West Clog, and Friend to us all.
Ed was elected into membership of Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men in 1971, initially dancing Cotswold traditions for at least seven years. In 1975 he was one of a few key members who attended a workshop organised by Manchester Morris Men, to spread knowledge of North West Morris, a clog discipline. North West became his passion and in 2000 he took over as Captain of North West within Chancs, and taught the team until his death. There were many high points for the team under his leadership and tutelage, but possible the pinnacle was taking the team to Thaxted for their 100th anniversary in 2011. In the last year or so he was instrumental in forming and teaching a Ladies’ side, “Temporary Measured”, whose debut performance at Lewes Folk Day 2016 was another Tour de Force.
His passion for Morris, his driving ambition for the team to be the best it could, his pride in his Yorkshire heritage and belief in honesty, and his dry sense of humour and rich smile will be missed by us all. Our sympathies are extended to all his family and friends.