Sean Goddard, our 'in-
A Shoreham Country Dance Club was formed in February 1949. Then, as part of Shoreham's Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951, the Club took part in the town's procession. Paul Plumb had the roof of his Ford A car decorated with artificial grass and a small maypole. Alongside the car, were members of the country dance club dressed in national costume representing the British Isles -
The following year, the Country Dance Club started a Morris Group under the direction of Geoffrey Biggs and Paul Plumb, as a number of men were keen to try Morris Dancing. The Shoreham Country Dance Club had become well known in Sussex for its forward thinking, and in 1953 had started its early morning May Day celebrations in Shoreham. There were country dance and Morris displays, processions, and calling at the doors of local citizens. There was breakfast too, a tradition which still continues today. We were elected to the Morris Ring in 1955.
Back in 1983, well before the days of websites, we had the bright idea of publishing a booklet, which contained a 'potted history' of the side and a few black and white photographs. It is interesting to look at it over 25 years later, not least because most of the men in the photos are still dancing with the side, albeit with a lot less hair and, in most cases, a lot more stomach! Another significant change is the virtual demolition of Chanctonbury Ring in the 'Great Storm' of October 1987. Although the trees have been replanted, it will be many years before the Ring regains its former famous profile. If you want to see the booklet please click on the image of it on the right.