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Sword Dancing teams from East Cleveland Area
This page has photographs of teams from the area
|Taken outside the Royal Albert Hall in London.
L-R: back row.
Keith Galilee, (leader) Malcolm Gratton, Harry Cuthbert, Colin Locker, John Waite (musician) Kevin Hullah.
L-R Front row.
Colin Galilee, Stephen Galilee and John Hill.
Lingdale Primrose Sword Dancers
|A photograph of Lingdale Primrose Sword Dance team, taken outside George Myers farmhouse (Stanghow) 1935/6.
They were trying to make a bit of pocket money by going round dancing and collecting as they were invited to dance in Germany the year of the Olympics 1936.
The man playing the melodion was Dick Hogarth the one with the collection box was Bill Hill, the little one on the right is Sid Ellwood.
Redcar Sword Dancing Team
Boosbeck Tulips Sword dancing team
Adam Green, 74 of Boosbeck, had many memories of the grim depression days between the two wars.
The East Cleveland district still had its famous sword dance teams, but Mr. Green recalled several villages had their own team and the men walked to various places, often miles in a day to dance, in the hope that they would be given a copper or two.
To revive memories he loaned the photograph, taken he believes in the 1930's, of the Boosbeck Tulips, after winning the trophy at Newcastle St. James Hall with their display of the Yorkshire Long sword dance.
In addition to the team members and the accompanist, each team was accompanied by "an old man and an old woman" in the shape of two men who dressed up in odd pieces of clothing.
Left to right on the photograph:
Bobby Rice, Tommy Green, Jack Armstrong, Frank Marsay, Will Marsay, Walter Hodgson, Adam Green, Arthur Johnson.
The man holding the cup is Tommy Davison and the accompanist is Arthur Marshall a melodian player, who played for many successful sword dance groups.
Ladies Loftus Team
|Taken in 1952, Ladies Loftus Sword dancers team.
L-R back row
Alice Partlett, Jean Pearson, Doreen Scott, Gladys Whitlock.
L-R front row
Mabel Jefferson, Arthur Marshall, June Morrison
Brotton Sword Dancers
|Taken about 1930
Skelton Sword Dancers
|Carrying on a tradition of rural Cleveland - an old picture of the North Skelton Sword Dancers with their stange costumes and make up.
1892 early sword dancing team
|In the early 1890's much distress was caused in the area by a strike in the Durham coalfield, many people then moved to Derbyshire, to a new town called Poolsbrook. Amongst these men were men from Loftus and the whole of the Featherstone family who had revived the Sword dancing in Loftus. Soon they were dancing again, this photograph was taken in 1892 and shows the following.
Matthew Seymour, William Martin, George Featherstone, George Derby, (a local man who filled in for Tom Martin), John Watts, Joe Winspear, Charlie Mays, Robert Featherstone, with Tom Shaw and Tom Gilbert clowns.