St Ives Day of Dance – Sunday 2nd June 2019

The historic town of St Ives was ringing with the stamp of clogs, clash of sticks, jingle of bells and whoops and hollers as Sutton Masque were joined by Coton Morris and Manor Mill Morris for a day of dancing around the town on Sunday 2nd June.

It was a very hot sunny day but it was a great chance to watch three different styles/traditions of Morris dancing all in the same place.

The action started around noon on The Waits, moved down to Cromwell’s Statue and the White Hart in Market Hill around lunchtime, and finished in style with a grand massed dance finale on The Quay late afternoon.

The afternoon ended with the Morris dancers being treated to a calm river cruise tour by the St Ives Electric Riverboat Company.

This was only the second St Ives Day of Dance but it looks like it will be a permanent fixture in the town’s calendar as all the dancing was very well
received by the visiting crowds and the residents of St Ives.

Eel Day , Ely – May 2019

🎉🐍 Ely’s 16th Annual Eel Day Parade 🐍🎉 led by Nellie the Tuk Tuk, Cambridgeshire Music SambaFest, Ellie the Eel, School Children, Town Criers, Morris Dancers and more!! Even the Ely ducks tried to join in!!

It was a great celebration with lots of dancing around the town and between downpours!


Above Photos Taken by Angela. Below photos taken by Erin

Eel Day 6Eel Day 7

Sometimes you have to just give-in and shelter from the rain in the Draymans!

Dancing the Sun up on May Day Morning

Well may day is here, and we danced at sun up!! Sutton Masque danced their first may day by dancing the sun rise at Stonea Camp a 500 BC hill fort in the Fens, a staggering 6 foot 5 inches above sea level making this the lowest hill fort in the country. So if it’s not a high tide we will happily dance the sun rise on this very special day every year! Happy May Day to you all!


We then went up the road for a lovely breakfast provided but Angela and Roger – thank you very much for your hospitality.

A lovely report on recent activities from our wonderful musician Alan.

Dear All

Sutton Masque’s 2019 UK Tour got off to a most auspicious start, coping with the pressures of one of our most demanding gigs, the Annual Winter Sutton Beer Festival.

Under the intense media scrutiny of the Sutton parish magazine, our dancers acquitted themselves morrisfully to the music of an augmented wall of sound, featuring our latest signing, melodeon virtuoso, Nicky Stockman.

After Sutton, the side felt that they could take Edinburgh in their stride. But it was felt necessary to hold a confidence building and bonding evening at the Cross Keys, Chatteris. Bonding was facilitated by ample appllications of Lacon’s ales.

Having definitely scored a convincing home win at Sutton, the side were well prepared to take on an away fixture – Edinburgh. Despite adverse weather – torrential rain, hail and blizzards, the side proved equal to the task, and were cheered on by a cosmopolitan audience.

A party of hardline Morris junkies from Paris were heard to say: ‘La danse folklorique de Sutton Masque est vraiment merde chaude! Ils sont les testicules du chien, n’est-ce pas?’

Who could wish for a higher accolade? Manchester awaits for our next gig of the Sutton Masque 2019 UK Tour.

Best wishes to all


Sutton Masque Winter beer festival

Where did the summer go?

John and Mike Dancing


With so much dancing over the summer it has been a whirl!  Our most recent was a local dance out in Ely.  Celebrating the time of  year when the veil is at its thinnest…

We started out at the cathedral (Where we noted the temperature had suddenly become ‘very seasonal’.  It was great to get moving and warm ourselves up a little!  We then moved to the memorial by the market (We could smell the coffee)! After a short break we moved to Market Street.

Despite the bitter wind we had a great time entertaining.  Here is a snippet from the day.





This Wednesday we will be at The Bank Willingham from 7.30pm.

Pop along for a cold beer and a warm welcome!

High Street, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5ES