Photographer's Note

Morris dance is an English traditional dance dating back to the late Middle Ages ; It used to be practised during processions and other celebrations, especially for the month of May.
“Morris” is a deformation from “Moorish”, probably meaning “exotic” dance.
The dancers wear colourful clothes, bell pads on their legs, flowers on their hats, and use sticks , swords and handkerchiefs in their performances.

We were on a school trip one May-Day morning. We arrived in Oxford early and were enjoying the view on Christ Church Meadow (pictured), when we saw this group coming towards us.
That’s when I first heard about “Morris Dancers”’. These had been celebrating “WALPURGIS”, dancing all night on top of Merton college tower, just opposite Christ Church Meadow.

“WALPURGIS” is a Nordic tradition celebrated in the night between April 30th and May 1st, for the end of Winter and the arrival of spring.

Sorry about the washed out sky in the main post, but I was facing the sun ! However, I thought it was a better picture of the dancers than the photo in WS : A view of the dancers with the sun in my back, hence the blue sky.
In this link is a beautiful picture of Merton tower, college and field.
In this link , a Google view showing the top of Merton tower; Quite a stage for a dancing night !

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