After 12 weeks of intensive practice we prepared ourselves for our first dance out of the new season. The Arc in Bury St Edmunds were our hosts on 3 December. We danced two sessions in front of The Apex sharing our music with the classical overtures being played when the fountains burst into an elaborate display, and the 1950â€™s organ tunes exciting the riders on the carousel. There was a great festive feeling amongst the dancers and the shoppers. We wore our santa hats and decorated the garlands with tinsel. We gave two well received displays one before lunch and one after and then we dispersed to get our own bargains from the market stalls and shops. Boxing Day was another successful and very enjoyable event. We gathered together with our long suffering families (long suffering because they have had to live with Morris) at The Beaconsfield Arms, Occold where we danced off our hangovers with displays of Cotswold, Garland, and North West. Inside the pub we showed our talents with Rapper and Step Clog, and performed with gusto our mummers play. After a free drink and tasty food donated by the landlord our gifted musicians treated us to a lively music session. A great time was had by all, dancers, musicians and audience. Boxing Day over we then went on to plan our ceilidh. The ceilidh was held in St Edmunds Hall Hoxne on 28 January. We had a good turn out and everyone enjoyed dancing to the refreshing and varied music and singing of Inertia Reel. And as is always the case we received many, many compliments on our delicious food. Yet another winter event for Hoxon, The Ale was held in Stradboke on February 3rd, Judy, one of our members, has written more fully about this successful event. We are now looking ahead to the Summer with a very early morning start at Fair Green in Diss, 5 am on May 1st and our annual mystery tour on May 7th.
submitted by Jan Robinson on Tuesday 24 Apr 2012 at 05:02