Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We're Not the KKK, Say Masked Morris Dancers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We're Not the KKK, Say Masked Morris Dancers

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Byline: Maxine Frith

MORRIS dancers who were forced to abandon a performance after a complaint to the police, say they were treated "like the Ku Klux Klan". Members of the Wild Hunt Bedlam Morris, based in West Croydon, say they were ordered to stop dancing outside the White Lion pub in Warlingham "in the interests of community relations" by police.

The group -- who dress in black and wear dramatic masks -- has warned that the centuries-old tradition of Morris dancing will be threatened if police continue to ban performances.

The 15-strong troupe had been dancing on the pavement in front of the pub, watched by about 20 to 30 people.

David Young, 69, from Coulsdon, who has been part of the group for seven years, said: "We did six dances and then, at about 9pm, we went in to have a drink before going back out to perform again. The next thing we know, two policemen arrived. They said, in the interest of 'community relations', we think you should stop dancing. …

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