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North Skelton Sword Dancers

North Skelton Sword Dancers

It tells on the photo where it was taken but I don’t know when do you? Graham Harrison told us: ”The man behind the accordionist is Thomas Jackson of North Skelton, my grandfather”. He has also advised: ”I have just found a newspaper clipping showing the above photograph. It gives the dancers names (left to right): R. Wallis, J Hugill, J.T Hunter, B. Harrison, T. Batterbee, George Hugill, T. Jackson, G. Porte. Kneeling: Robert Evans and George Tremain.” Peter Appleton advises: ”Based of the facial features and the date, the R Evans kneeling on the left side of the photo will be one of my great-uncles: Robert Evans. He was born in 1900, married Melinda Murial Thomas in 1927, had at least three children, and died in 1966.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Graham Harrison, Peter Appleton and Geoff Porte for the updates.

Well Done Boys

Well Done Boys

The newspaper cutting says it all, do you remember this, were you one of these dancers? We would love to hear your story.

(photo and newspaper cutting courtesy of Colin and Malcolm Beedle)

Relaxing Break

Relaxing Break

Bet you wish it was something stronger boys, the performance is over and after the strain of appearing in London’s Albert Hall the members of the Loftus sword dancers relax with a soft drink.

( thanks again to Colin and Malcolm Beedle for the photo)

London 1953

London 1953

Feeding the birds in Trafalgar Square before dancing at the Albert Hall.
Back row: Eric Tyreman, Billy Kitchener, Maurice Wright, Arthur Marshall (Musician).
Front row: Mr H Norminton (Group Leader), Ken Taylor, Colin Beedle, Terry Boyes, John Hill.

(Photo courtesy of Colin and Malcolm Beedle and names thanks to John Hill)

Llangollen Eisteddfod

Llangollen Eisteddfod

A lovey memory jerking newspaper cutting of the first team of sword dancers, with their trophy from Llangollen.  Are there any of you out there willing to share your memoriesof that day?

(thanks go again to Colin and Malcolm Beedle for the newspaper cutting)

Mr Norminton With The Dancers

Mr Norminton With The Dancers

Nice to see all the faces of the dancers, 1951 when it all started for the Festival of Britian celebrations,  who thought these young men would have won so much.
Left to Right: Mr Norminton, Eric Tyreman, Colin Beedle, William Kitchener, Terry Boyes, Arthur Marshall. In front holding the lock: Kenny Taylor and Maurice Wright.

( photo courtesy of Colin and Malcolm Beedle)

Arty With The Dancers

Arty With The Dancers

I loved this photo with the logo on it, but I didn’t know where they are dancing; Colin Beedle now tells us: ”When the pictures were taken it was called Westfield Park but could have been changed to Coronation Park.”

Thanks to Colin and Malcolm Beedle for the photo and thanks to Colin for the update.

Under the Swords

Under the Swords

Lovely to see Arty under the swords.

(thanks again go to Colin and Malcolm Beedle for the photo)

Lovely Lock

Lovely Lock

Not easy to do, to get it so perfect, no sticky tape, no magnets, just the interweaving of the swords. Nice one boys

(photo courtesy of Colin Beedle, thanks to Malcolm Beedle)

Loftus County Modern – 1956 – Sword Dance Club

Back Row: David Robinson, William Morrish, Tony Walker, Robert Jackson, Donald Burton, Eric Lancaster, Keith Wilkinson, Barry Johnson, Barry Starsmore, Tony Hardy, Herbie Holliday, David Bramwell.

Middle Row: Mr Harold Norminton, Derek Cuthbert, Eric Johnson, Peter Dobson, Mike Pearson, Wilf Hodge, John Jefferson, Mr Arthur Marshall.

Front Row: ?? , Roger Hall, Alistair Bailes, Frank Chapman, Colin Fenby, Neil Dales.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson.

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