Singleton Cloggers dancing the Fylde for 70 years

They have danced for Pimms, appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and are highly distinctive in their red and blue costumes.

Friday, 13th September 2019, 12:13 pm
Singleton Cloggers, 1953
Singleton Cloggers, 1953

And for Singleton Cloggers, this year is one of the most celebrated for they have reached their 70-year anniversary.Singleton Cloggers are a mixed team of dancers from the Fylde village and was formed in 1949 to participate in Singleton Village Club Day.

Except for a short break in the late 1960s the group have danced throughout the decades. Their dances have been named after local landmarks, all created by the team. There have been variations of uniform, however the clogs have remained the constant.
Old Lancashire customs are disappearing thick and fast but the cloggers are countering that trend with their traditional music and dance. They are officially classed as a North West Clog Morris team, keeping tradition alive and having fun, whilst entertaining people.

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Team foreperson Alison Matthews said: Over the years our members have included many couples and siblings but also their children. Some of these children have grown up, moved away but are still morris dancing in Wakefield and London.
We have also had students from Lancaster University join us who have now graduated and are back dancing at home.
The team have been involved in many local galas and club days across the Fylde coast and danced every year at Fleetwood Folk Festival until it ended in 2014.
They have also ventured outside of the Fylde, dancing at Oxford Folk Festival, attending other morris teams day of dances in Chorley, Durham, Liverpool, Saltaire, Lake District and Isle of Man.
Their anniversary was marked with a day of dance in Poulton followed by a Ceilidh in the evening. If you are interested in joining email to [email protected]