Five Rivers Morris was formed in 2008 by a bunch of like-minded blokes in Sheffield who wanted to dance some Morris. Some were award-winning dancers with years’ of experience dancing Morris, whilst others arrived as complete novices. What they all shared was an appetite good beer, good fun and dancing Morris.
A core of university friends who, like many before them, came to study in Sheffield and stayed, they had the critical mass of dancers needed to form a new side. Together with other interested chaps, they got together for the first ever practice on 22nd May 2008.
On the 9th October 2008 the first AGM was held in someone’s house. The team’s constitution stated that the purpose of the team was to “provide the opportunity to dance high quality Morris” and, most importantly, to “provide members of the team with as much enjoyment as possible”.
After rejecting several other suggestions, including King George Morris and Seven Hills Morris, the team eventually settled upon Five Rivers Morris, after Sheffield’s fabled five rivers (like Rome, but with better beer and more pie), at an EGM at practice on 13th November 2008 when the team’s kit was also agreed.