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It all started in 1955 with a group of young men who had been dancing as students with the King’s College Morrismen. They found themselves with nowhere to dance when they graduated and left college. They gravitated towards an evening class being run by an ex-Kingsman at the Grammar School (now Marden Bridge Middle School).

Soon the group were joined by locals and from this wealth of established traditional know-how, expertise and enthusiastic talent, there emerged the Monkseaton Morrismen and the Folk Dance Club.

The team, particularly in the earlier years, was made up of young free and single people that were able to commit often quite significant amounts of time to go on dance tours. The team therefore rapidly developed an international reputation.

Major Tour Dates of the Past

Year Destination
1960 National Festival of the English Folk Dance and Song Society- Royal Albert Hall
1962 Folk Dance Festival for the Blaydon Race Centenary; Opening of Coventry Cathedral
1962 Norway
1964 Germany; Shakespeare’s 400th Birthday celebrations, Stratford on Avon
1965 National Festival of the English Folk Dance and Song Society- Royal Albert Hall
1967 France and Czechoslovakia
1969 Sidmouth Festival; Brittany and Central France
1970 Mid West of America
1971 Royal Festival Hall, Edinburgh International Festival.
1972 Teeside Eisteddfod (First Prize Winners)
1973 France
1974 Norway
1975 National Festival of the English Folk Dance and Song Society- Royal Albert Hall
1976 Holland
1979 Bavaria, Yugoslavia, Holland
1980 France (Sancerre)
1982 Hong Kong & Bangkok (Easter)
Belgium (Summer)
1983 Sidmouth Festival
1984 America, North Carolina
1986 Bavaria
1988 Spain (Basque Region)
1991 Bavaria
1992 Italy
1995 France (Sancerre)
2000 France (Sancerre)
2003 France (Chateau-sur-Allier)
2005 France (Sancerre)