Pagan touch to Anglican event
By EMMA CORNFORD
THIS weekend, Geoff Welham and his band of merry morris dancers will be clashing sticks as they jingle and jump around Grafton.
It may be based on an ancient pagan ritual, but that hasn't stopped his morris dancing group, Fiddle Stix, receiving an invitation to perform at the Anglican Board of Missions fundraising garden party on Saturday.
"They contacted the group who do Scottish country dancing and when they found out we do morris dancing they asked if we could come along as well," Mr Welham said.
"When I first heard I thought 'well, they must have a sense of humour', because it's a very pagan-based thing."
But it is not the first time Mr Welham has performed in a church during 35 years of morris dancing.
"In Brisbane they invited us to perform at the reconsecration of the Anglican cathedral in Ann Street, and even built a special stage so that we could make the most noise when we banged the floor with our wooden sticks."
The fundraiser will be held at the Bishopsholme in Victoria Street this Saturday from 10am until 4pm.