Chippenham Folk Festival

The weather forecast for our visit to the Chippenham Folk Festival on May 24th had not been good, and for once the weather delivered on the Met Office’s promise. We got rained on.

We kicked off at the Rose and Crown. It wasn’t particularly dry outside, so we danced inside. Dorset Buttons Rapper were sensibly of the same mind.

Dorset Buttons Rapper sensibly opt for the inside option at the Rose and Crown.

Dorset Buttons Rapper sensibly opt for the inside option at the Rose and Crown.

The low beams gave our esteemed Squire a little cause for concern.

Banbury Bill at the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Pete is troubled by the low beam,

Banbury Bill at the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Pete is troubled by the low beam.

Some others didn’t notice the problem.

Banbury Bill in the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Barbara is not troubled by the low beam.

Banbury Bill in the Rose and Crown, Chippenham. Barbara is not troubled by the low beam.

Next stop was the lower end of the High Street, with Cornwalls’ very own Wreckers Border Morris. We got away with a light soaking for our first dance, but for the second dance had to resort to the infamous Sidesteps with Umbrellas.

Cry Havoc's Brolly Sidesteps. Dancing in the rain at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

Cry Havoc’s Brolly Sidesteps. Dancing in the rain at the Chippenham Folk Festival.

The Parade down the High Street was threatened with rain that thankfully didn’t materialise. And by the time we turned up for our last spot with Ditchling Morris and Winchester the sun had positively started shining.

Ditchling Morris at Chippenham.

Ditchling Morris at Chippenham.

The sun shines on the Winchester Morris Men at Chippenham.

The sun shines on the Winchester Morris Men at Chippenham.

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