Young Morris Dancers and folk character Jack-in-the-Green perform at May Day festival

May In a Day at Cecil Sharp House. Fool's Gambit Morris Side perform for the crowd.

May In a Day at Cecil Sharp House. Fool's Gambit Morris Side perform for the crowd. - Credit: Archant

A young troupe of Morris dancers, with members as young as 15, entertained more than 100 people in Primrose Hill.

The up-and-coming group performed the traditional dance as part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s May Day Celebrations at its headquarters in Cecil Sharp House in Regent’s Park Road on Sunday.

Visitors enjoyed maypole dancing and many also spent the afternoon trying out barn dancing.

The traditional folk character, Jack-in-the-Green, who comes out only on May Day dressed entirely in green, also dodged in and out of the crowd, leaving children amused by the mysterious and fleeting sightings.

“It was very joyful, people enjoyed it because there were so many opportunities to participate or to make things,” said Rachel Elliot, education director for the folk dance society, who helped to organise the event.

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“We had more people that usual, I think from word of mouth from people who came last year.

“Everyone there was very interested in finding out about traditions and there was lots of laughter.”

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