BRITISH BASH: The Ragged Morris Dancers and musicians, Pat Keogh, Lily Cash (front) and Louisa Janke, will perform at the International Cafe.
BRITISH BASH: The Ragged Morris Dancers and musicians, Pat Keogh, Lily Cash (front) and Louisa Janke, will perform at the International Cafe. Sarah Harvey

Ragged Morris Dancers bring air of Old Blighty Down Under

THE 45th Ipswich Multicultural Projects Cafe will feature a celebration of British culture.

The Ragged Morris Dancers, hailing from the south of England, will provide the entertainment for the event on July 13.

Organiser Hedy Keogh said it was the perfect opportunity for the British segment of Ipswich to return to its roots.

"Between the time of harvest and the season for planting, the British yeomanry were free to take to the roads and perform where ever they would," Mrs Keogh said.

"They evolved into a spirited, dance-friendly, noisy and energetic celebration.

"Many dances performed with cudgels and can appear fierce and violent."

A special dance around the maypole will invite all comers to weave their own particular designs.

"We invite people to come in costume of the era if possible," Mrs Keogh said.

A three-course meal will be provided in the air-conditioned venue. The event will start with a rustic broth, followed by a baked dinner of beef, vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.

Dessert will be a trifle and cream.

The cafe will be held at the Masonic Centre (on the corner of Roderick and Nicholas Sts, Ipswich) from 6.45pm.

Tickets for the International Cafe are $25 if booked before July 10. Children up to 10 enter free.

Tickets can be purchased at Urban Pantry 181 Brisbane St.

Phone Mrs Keogh on 0414 703 842.



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