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Sun shines on Sheringham for 24th annual Potty Morris and Folk Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:51 01 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 01 July 2017

Dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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More than three hundred handkerchief-waving, stick-clashing morris dancers paraded through the streets of Sheringham today

, for the annual two-day Potty Morris and Folk Festival.

Dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Forty dance sides from all over the country entertained crowds at ten town locations, also performing at the main arena on Lifeboat Plain.

Dancers at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Flamboyant, colourful costumes ranged from the purple-painted, feather-hatted garb of Wicket Brood from Hertfordshire and the Steam Punk-style get-up of Slack Ma Girdle Morris, from Newmarket, to the to the nature-inspired, ivy-clad costumes of the Maenads Morris – also known as the Wild Women of Kent.

A dancer takes a break for a chat at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLA dancer takes a break for a chat at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Tony Chadwick, who is a festival founder member, said the event had got off to a “terrific” start, with crowds turning out in force.

Crosskey Clog musicians entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLCrosskey Clog musicians entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

“The nice thing is that it brings people into the town and it makes a really colourful spectacle,” he added.

Musicians at the main arena at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusicians at the main arena at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The festival continues tomorrow with dancing at the main arena from 10.30am-1.30pm.

Dancers line up ready to entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers line up ready to entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Musicians on parade at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusicians on parade at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Saturday morning parade at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSaturday morning parade at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Seven-year-old Maenads Morris member Poppy Link, from Kent, gets ready to perform in the main arean at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSeven-year-old Maenads Morris member Poppy Link, from Kent, gets ready to perform in the main arean at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Musicians at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusicians at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers get set to entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers get set to entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Musicians at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusicians at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Musicians at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusicians at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A dancer takes a break at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLA dancer takes a break at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Potty Morris and Folk Festival founders Tony Chadwick (left) and Clive Rayment. Picture: KAREN BETHELLPotty Morris and Folk Festival founders Tony Chadwick (left) and Clive Rayment. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Musicians entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusicians entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sutton Masque Morris members at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSutton Masque Morris members at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A musician entertaining the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLA musician entertaining the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sutton Masque Morris dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSutton Masque Morris dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sutton Masque Morris dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSutton Masque Morris dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sutton Masque Morris dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELLSutton Masque Morris dancers entertain the crowds at Sheringham's Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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