Dartmoor Border Morris formed in September 2001 in Meavy, Yelverton. Contrary to
belief , Morris Dancing is not all about waving hankies! Dartmoor Border are a border
side, meaning we dance with sticks, and, (unlike some traditional sides) we are men,
women and children.
Our costume consists of a tattered jacket, black trousers, and shoes/boots, a Dartmoor
Border t-shirt/jumper and a hat. The tatters are a multitude of colours, depicting
the green on the moorland grass, the brown and grey of the tor's, purple of the heather
and the blue of the ever-blue sky: the bells on our knees bear coloured ribbons to
match the jackets...well, mostly!
Like most Morris Sides, we have a beast amongst us. Ours is a highly strung Dartmoor
Pony named Chatterley. This troublesome hobby horse can be seen perusing the lines
of dancers and mingling with the audience; he also stars in our annual Mummers Play
which takes place at Buckland Abbey during the Christmas period.
Our Mummers Play has become increasingly popular with audience watching both performances
at Buckland Abbey, and the Boxing Day performance at a local pub. Mummers plays depict
Good versus evil, so, in-keeping with local tradition, our play is the story of Sir
Frances Drake versus the King of Spain...with a doctor, fool, a bit of winter royalty.