This summer was a busy one for Black Annis and one where we enhanced our reputation as icons of fashion by dancing a procession at the Riverside Festival in Leicester in matching pale-green see-through-plastic cagoules. Unfortunately there are no photos of this momentous event nor the subsequent battle with the Vikings where we matched Morris Stick with home made sword and axes. This was also the year when we decided to inflict our presence on the good folk of rural Leicestershire and had two very pleasant Thursday evenings dancing at the Dog and Gunn in Kilby and the Foxton Locks Inn in Foxton, where else? with its lovely location by the world famous Foxton locks.
The main events were the celebration of the special day for St Hilda of Whitby with our friends Bare Bones at the Albion pub in Loughborough and the extremely jolly, crowded and noisy celebration of St George's Day at the wonderful Merchants Inn in Rugby. Rather surprisingly for the near teetotal Black Annis pubs feature a lot in this year's list.
As for the previous 20 odd years we tipped our toes in the sea and got covered in green by the bogies at Hastings Jack in the Green Festival over the May Bank Holiday. We also had a lovely day as guests of Baldock Midnight Morris as part of the Baldock Festival.
Black Annis cheered up a damp June Saturday at the appropriately as we danced at the Leicester Riverside Festival (an event which coincided with the Leicester monsoon). We also danced as a booked side at the Beverly Folk Festival.
A highlight of the summer was the White Horse Lawn Festival in Ashby Magna in July and a fine selection of photos from that event are displayed on this page. We also had a lovely fun day out at Littlethorpe Fete. Processing through Ashby Magna
We finished the dancing out season with a lovely sunny day at a Charity Garden Party at Markfield Court with an ever young and enthusiastic audience.
Black Annis danced at the Christmas Tree Fair with several children and their friends on Saturday 5th December at the Christmas Tree Festival Belgrave Hall.