Morris dancing could be 'extinct' within 20 years because young people are too embarrassed to take part, Morris dancers have warned.
The numbers of people participating in the traditional British folk dance are dwindling whilst the age of the dancers is increasing, according to the Morris Ring, an association representing over 200 Morris troupes across Britain.
It is warning that 'unless younger blood is recruited during the coming winter months, Morris dancing will soon become extinct'.
I find this thread absolutely distressing. A world without those delightful gentlemen doesy doeing, and clacking their sticks, to the sound of a squeeze box and bells jingling outside the country pub's on a warm summer evening would not be the same.