Rutland Morris anniversary tour continues despite breakdown

Rutland Morris Men'Photo: MSMP210914-04AW

Rutland Morris Men'Photo: MSMP210914-04AW

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The Rutland Morris 40th anniversary tour had travelled no more than 30 yards from its start at Exton Village Hall when disaster struck.

The coach with all 53 dancers on board broke down half way through a manoeuvre to turn round, leaving the coach completely at right angles to the road making an effective road block, and leaving the dancers stranded!

Dave Casewell said: “It was a challenge! We were left unable to visit Oakham where we knew we had a loyal audience waiting, and we were faced with at least an hour delay whilst the coach was repaired.

“To make matters worse the Fox and Hounds was closed due to a wedding function.”

As usual, Rutland Morris triumphed in the face of adversity by dancing the hour away with their guests, and setting up an impromptu bar by carrying a cask of ale from the village hall, which had been prepared for their evening “feast”, and setting it up on a garden wall.

Rutland Morris would like to apologise to those waiting in Oakham on Saturday morning.

The rest of the weekend went well, and the repaired coach and dancers visited Melton Mowbray, Whissendine, Cottesmore and Ryhall. On the very sunny Sunday morning they visited Egleton, Manton and Uppingham.

Mike McWhinnie, the group’s “Squire” said: “Apart from the Saturday fiasco, it was a great weekend and all our visitors greatly enjoyed dancing in Rutland and the hospitality shown to them.”