Morris Man From Brackley Jigs 160 Miles

18 October 2011, 12:08

A Morris dancing fan's jigged his way from Glastonbury Tor to St Michael’s Mount in Penzance for charity.

Tom Clare, a pizza delivery man from Brackley, set off on the 160 mile trip - his longest dance to date - on the 1st October.

With his tent in his backpack, he danced every step of the way wearing his top hat and bells and waving his handkerchiefs in the air.

He hopes to have raised £2000 for the new mental health drop-in centre, Mind, located in the Health Centre in Brackley.

In February this year, Tom recreated a 120 mile jig from London to Norwich, raising over £1000 towards a community garden.

The feat was first performed by William Shakespeare's original fool, Will Kempe in 1600.

Tom dances in the traditional Morris kit of Brackley, whose historic dances he's been learning for the last five years.

To has also joined forces with Dana Macpherson and her Nomadic dance project. In August this year he met up with the team in county Sligo Ireland where he danced up Karrowkeel Mountain with Dana.

Tom's ambition is to dance around the world and plans to dance 2000 miles from Egypt to England in 2012.

To keep up-to-date with Tom’s adventures click here

 

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