"Greatham Village Sword Dance" © Carl Mole


The sword dance and mummers play takes place each year on Boxing day in the rural village of Greatham, near Hartlepool. The dance is performed by six Morris Men, led by a King, and the play is helped along by two clowns and a quack Doctor. One of the clowns is killed by the Morris Men after insulting their King, and the Doctor is called. The Doctor boasts that he can bring the clown back to life, and performs the restoration with a bottle of ale. The dance then continues and the Doctor attempts to get his payment.