The origins of Morris dancing are rumoured to be ritual - to bring sunshine, fertility and the "Luck of the Morris". The dancing tended to happen only at times when the farm labourers were otherwise unemployed so perhaps economics had something to do with it.
Spectators have always been encouraged to show their appreciation by throwing a few coins into a collecting pot that was passed around during the dancing. In the old days this money would have been shared between the performers. These days however, after meeting the Side's expences, we donate the remainder to charity.
This year, in common with many previous years, we have decided to split the
proceeds between two organisations we've had connection with:
The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases (MPS) ,
The Multiple Sclerosis Trust