Morris men celebrate 50th anniversary of Hammersmith Flyover dance
The Hammersmith Morris Men celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dance ‘Hammersmith Flyover’ by performing on the half-mile stretch of elevated road that inspired it.
The dance was written for the group by John Kirkpatrick in 1962 – the same year the flyover was completed.
It was closed just before Christmas so rusty cables could be repaired. Last year, Morris dancers were dismayed to discover the ancient folk tradition had been overlooked for the opening ceremony at the London Olympics.
Barry Goodman, president of the Morris Federation, called the decision ‘appalling’, while fans of the dance said they intend to organise flashmobs, which will suddenly leap into action among crowds of spectators.