Sunday, 14 May 2017

You can't beat a bit of Pomp and Pageantry

I can't speak for other countries but I must say that the UK knows how to put on a show. I've enjoyed two displays of pomp and pageantry this week and I have the photographs to prove it.

Lynn Moore, the publisher of my latest book, The Children's Book of Richard III, is not only a friend, she also happens to be my local city councillor. So when she rang to ask if I would like to be her guest at this year's Lord Mayor Making Ceremony I jumped at the chance. It was a fascinating occasion full of splendour and ceremony. We emerged from the Town Hall to a barrage of drum music and an opportunity to take photos.

This is Lord Mayor Joshi with his wife, the Lady Mayoress:


And the entire ceremony was overviewed by the Mace Bearer:


Don't they look amazing in their outfits? But two days later I was back in town for the Annual Joint Morris Men Day of Dance which this year was held in Leicester. If you think the Lord Mayor was fancily dressed, take a look at this lot. Wherever there was a space, they were dancing in it.

This dance was taking place in Leicester Market:


Some players from Bury St. Edmonds were waiting to go on next:


Over in the Cathedral Gardens there was a lively group from Solihull, banging sticks, shouting 'Hoy!' and thrusting their sticks skyward:



And finally a member of the host group, one of our very own Leicester Morris Men:


Like I said, you can't beat a bit of pomp and pegeantry.



5 comments:

  1. One of my very old friends had a partner who was a morris dancer - and it's much more energetic than it looks. As she said, 'It's all very virile, but they're good for nothing afterwards!'

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  2. Hi Ros - we do certainly do it well - what a great treat being able to be at the Lord Mayor's ceremony ... and then all the Morris Dancing pageantry ... thanks for putting them up for us ... cheers Hilary

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  3. so impressive. Wow. Indeed tough to beat that pageantry

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  4. They all look fabulous, Ros! I really enjoy Morris dancing! Lovely to see it is still being done around the country.

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