Dancing on the Cobbles at Gladstone!

by A Marr & Associates Media

On Saturday, 1 November Gladstone Pottery Museum will be hosting some special guests who will dance at the museum.

Museum visitors can watch members of Domesday Border Morris and an Italian folk dancing group from 11am – 2.30pm.

Domesday Morris are based in the ancient village of Penkhull and their name comes from the fact that Penkhull is mentioned in the Domesday book. They have been together just over two years and take part in many local dancing meets. The ‘Border Morris’ type of dancing they perform dates back centuries and traditionally performers disguised their faces by painting them black. It is thought this was done as they were working illegally and wanted to remain anonymous.

Joining them will be folk dancers from the Faenza region of Italy who are staying locally and have links to local dancers. Faenza and Stoke-on-Trent also share a ceramic connection and are part of the European Cera -Dest project, an initiative co-funded by the European Commission to promote tourism through a European Route of Ceramics based on ceramics heritage of 6 destinations across Europe.

The Italian dancers will be accompanied by a violinist and guitarist from the La Carampana group and this is an excellent opportunity to see lively dancing and music in the cobbled courtyard.

This event will mark the end of a busy and eventful half term at Gladstone Pottery Museum.

The museum is open 10am – 4pm and the café is open 11am – 3.30pm. For more information about the museum please see www.stokemuseums.org.uk or the Gladstone Pottery facebook page.

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