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Potty Morris and Folk Festival set for success, 'come rain, shine or sinkhole'

PUBLISHED: 12:46 06 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:50 06 July 2019

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Grey skies and heavy showers failed to dampen spirits on the opening day of Sheringham's annual Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which kicked off with a procession through the town on Saturday.

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Hundreds of dancers from more than 40 sides from as far afield as Leicestershire, Yorkshire and Essex tapped, hopped and skipped their way from the RNLI seafront car park, slowing their pace to march past the barrier surrounding the sinkhole which opened up in the high street six weeks ago.

Dancers braved the rain to perform at their various spots, with the programme going ahead as planned at the main arena on Lifeboat Plain.

Dancers parading past the sinkhole at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers parading past the sinkhole at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Festival chairman Clive Rayment said that while the weather was a disappointment, it hadn't prevented dancers from taking part - or spectators from turning out to watch.

He added: "The rain came early, so we are hoping it goes early, but, come rain, shine or sinkhole, I think it will be a good weekend."

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers braved heavy showers to perform at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers braved heavy showers to perform at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers braved heavy showers to perform at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers braved heavy showers to perform at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers sheltering from the rain at the Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers sheltering from the rain at the Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers parading past the sinkhole at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers parading past the sinkhole at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers sheltering from the rain at the Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers sheltering from the rain at the Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival, which attracted more than 40 dance sides and hundreds of spectators. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Dancers parading past the sinkhole at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLDancers parading past the sinkhole at Sheringham Potty Morris and Folk Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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