The return to performing has been a very busy time for Worthing Larks, as it has for various other morris sides up and down the country who have had to re-establish themselves in their local areas in a variety of different ways now that restrictions have lifted. Some Sides have taken a gentle approach to breaking the general public in to hearing the
dreaded familiar sound of bells jingling and sticks clashing, whilst other Sides (such as Worthing Larks) have taken a different approach altogether and have found ourselves doing as much as we can in as little time as possible. This wasn’t something we necessarily planned to happen, but despite this we have embraced the performances fully and have had a great time! As a fairly new Side, with only two performances under our belts prior to the very first Lockdown, and along with additional hurdles such as last year’s split from SVM and subsequent name change to Worthing Larks, we have had to work doubly hard to get the community on board with the idea of a new, local Morris Side, as well as getting people used to seeing us when out and about. One of the goals we had when we first set up was to normalise Morris within the local community, and I think it is safe to say we may just have succeeded, as the comments we have received from local townsfolk, particularly when our young under-16s have been performing, have been wonderful, and the people of Worthing seem to have embraced Worthing Larks as much as we have embraced being a Side of our very own.
Including our very first Post-Lockdown performance on the 24th July, we have spent the last 3 consecutive Saturday afternoons strutting our stuff around the Worthing area, making lots of new friends, having a bit of a laugh, and perfecting our performances in the centre of town, at the Hand Brew Co. Brewery and Taproom for the Worthing and Beyond Summer Event, and on the sea front also. This may seem like an awful lot for a Morris Side of fewer than 20 members, particularly when we have had dancers isolating or on holiday, but we haven’t let our small number deter us in the slightest and we have already got several more events booked for the weeks ahead including Shoreham Farmer’s Market on the 14th August and our monthly busk in town on the 4th September, along with Worthing Food and Drink Festival on the 11th and 12th September. We take private bookings too and we have even been asked to perform for a very special, private function! A first for the Worthing Larks, and we have started spending our Tuesday evening practices learning a dance which has been written just for this special event. A Worthing Larks performance will be memorable, that’s for sure!
If you are interested in booking us for a future event, want to find out more about folk traditions, would like to leave us some feedback on a recent performance, or even may be thinking about giving morris a go with Worthing Larks (you’d be VERY welcome!) please do contact us. We’d be really pleased to hear from you.