Why ?

Gower Inn Dancing 2012

Why are we called The Men of Sweyn’s Ey ?

Sweyn was a Dane who founded a settlement on an island ‘ey’ off the mouth of the river Tawe.  This was then called Sweyn’s Ey which later became Swansea.He also founded Sweyn’s town (Swindon) and in 1015 was considered the uncrowned king of England.His son was Canute

Why do we do it ?

We do it just for fun.  We’re a very sociable bunch and enjoy dancing at various venues such as fetes, festivals, weddings and of course our regular pub tours during the summer months

It’s also a great way to keep fit and it keeps an ancient tradition alive.

Why is it called Morris Dancing ?

No one really knows. Maybe it came from North Africa and was called MOORISH dancing or maybe the blackened faces of some dancers looked like MOORS or maybe it came from the latin “MOS” meaning custom. Whatever the origin it seems to have its roots in ancient fertility dancing. There are records of Morris Dancing dating back as far as the 11th century

2019 Ring meeting, Stratford-upon-Avon