Whilst wandering around Whitstable earlier today – (walking off the turkey and trying to find a pub that was open,) we bumped into Dead Horse Morris – well we saw a group of guys, faces painted black and knowing theres no coal industry here in Whitstable decided to follow them. DHM are a group of men and women (from Whitstable and the surrounding area,) who perform a style of Morris Dancing that is more ‘Border’ style rather than the traditional ‘bells and hankies’ of the Cotswolds.
However, there is something quintessentially English about Morris Dancers, who in there right mind would think to wear an upside colander on there head with brussel sprouts dangling from said ‘hat’ and faces painted black – men dancing with men and the ladies the same. Truly bonkers – it makes you proud to be English!
They were fantastic – a large crowd gathered to watch as the men, faces painted black, wearing hobnailed boots, cordrouys and cheesecutter caps performed numerous dances with the Brussel Sprout Dance being truly memorable – sprouts flying everywhere it was (almost) lethal!