Morris Dancing in Portrush

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Details

Location

Harbour Bar, Portrush

Year

1977

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

08min 58sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

BFI, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

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Description

Here’s to the handkerchiefs, here’s to the shoes and here’s to the bonny green garters…

Morris dancing finds an unlikely home in this UTV news report. The Red Branch Morris formed in 1971 from the new University of Ulster in Coleraine. They began performing as a support act for the Chieftains, before going on to dance across Ireland, France and England. As life went on people relocated though members, as far flung as New Zealand, stayed in touch. Although they officially hung up their bells in 1992, the Red Branch Morris have come out of retirement on a growing number of occasion for boisterous reunions.

 

Credits

This material is courtesy of the UTV Archive.  

Interviewee: Liam Whitelaw

Onscreen participant:  Pete Bromley, Peter Goodyear, Leigh Rihan

Sound: Des Holmes

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