New members sought for Morris dancing group

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A women’s Morris dancing group is inviting male and female musicians to join them and hop skip and jump into fun and fitness in 2015.

The group consists of female dancers with male and female musicians aged 15-72 years. Formed around 15 years ago the group is called Hannah’s Cat Morris - named for the mummified cats and rats found in the chimney of the ancient Stag pub in the Old Town; placing cats in this way was thought to ward off danger and evil. The landlady during this time was Hannah Clark, hence the name, Hannah’s Cat.

Maggi Rose said: “Dancing is a great way to have fun, keep fit, and preserve our traditional dance. We dance at festivals, fetes, weddings, fund raising events, stately homes, towns and villages, and just for the sheer joy of dancing wherever we can. Hannah’s Cat are a host side for our Jack-in-the-Green festival, and the crowning of the May Queen.”

Based in Hastings Old Town, Hannah’s Cat meet at All Saints Hall, All Saints Street, Thursdays at 8.15pm. Beginners and musicians are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and trainers or comfy flats. Call 01424 211873.