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Retirement of Squire Bryan Jackson
Having now seen the Club through its 60th Anniversary celebrations in 2015, I have now decided the time is right to retire from the team. After 59 years, and 33 as Squire, I think I have done all that I can to ensure that Alan Brown’s legacy of superbly choreographed dance and music sequences and a finely honed performance team remains one of the top exponents of English traditional dance, from the men’s ritual dances to the mixed country dances.
Monkseaton has been a major part of my life since I joined as a 13 year old in 1957, and I cannot pretend that this has been an easy decision to make, but I trust the younger members of the team have learned enough from Gwyn, my wife, and me to keep alive Alan’s ideals. I will now let them get on with managing the team without me haranguing them, and will not hang around in the wings continually “looking over their shoulders!”
To all my friends in teams around the country, I must also thank you for the many happy memories of dance and music you have provided me with since my first Ring Meeting in 1958 in Whitley Bay. I am not giving up my fiddle playing, and hope to extend that aspect of my “folk” life joining with friends like Stewart Hardy here in the North East. The “Gadgie Collective” of Colin Bradford, Alec Swailes and myself are doing our bit taking the songs and music of Northumberland out and about too, and I’ll still be available for fiddle workshops, should anyone require them. I hope that I will still see friends around the country for many years yet!
I have been working on a history of Monkseaton Morrismen and Folk Dance Club over the last year or so, and a very short version was published in English Dance and Song last year. It is finally nearing completion, and I have a publisher lined up for it. Allan Rawe and I are also setting up a recording session to produce a CD of the teams’ music to go with the book, which should be ready later in the summer. Keep an eye on our website for details, which I will pass on to the “new management” in due course. If you are interested in obtaining copies of the book and CD please let me know. I will have to make decisions on numbers of copies for a print run, which will also have an effect on the price. More copies sold, lower price!
Following the first AGM in Monkseaton’s history at the end of February, and the election of new officers, I will remain as Squire until we return from performing at a Festival in St. Clementin in France at the end of June. I shall be assisting the Squire Elect during that time, after which he’ll be on his own! The meeting at Moulton Village Festival in May will be my last with the team in this country.
The Show must go on and we continue to meet on Monday evenings. Our next meeting will be the 11th January 2016, at the 21st Whitley Bay Scout Hut (beside the Whitley Bay Ice-Rink Hillheads Road) from 8pm–10pm.
Why not come along and give it a go!!
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