A BAND of Morris dancers took to the streets of Winchester on Boxing Day for a traditional performance.

The Winchester Morris Men danced at the Buttercross on the High Street in front of onlookers.

They then moved to St Maurice’s Covert and finally ended their outing at The Eclipse Inn at The Square.

Founded back in March 1953 in the Eclipse Inn, the group’s dances and style of costume reflect those seen in the Cotswolds during the 19th century.

The Morris Dance is one of the oldest continuing traditions in England, and was originally thought by some to welcome the spring and to ensure the fertility of the year’s crops.

Winchester Morris Men are members of the Morris Ring - a confederation who aim to encourage Morris dancing and to preserve its traditions.

The group practice between September and April on Wednesdays, from 7.45 pm at St. Barnabas Church Hall, Fromond Road, Weeke.