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And the winners of the 2014 SDU’s Longsword Competition are ……..

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October 11, 2014 by tommy

As I made my way across the cobbled thoroughfares of Richmond, the sun was shining. It was a proper Yorkshire day and my sleeves were rolled up in anticipation of some pleasant work documenting the 2014 SDU Longsword Competition.

Sallyport Sword were the organisers of said dance competition and had garnered a good set of longsworders to take part. Though sadly no youth or children’s teams this year, hopefully Goathland/Whitby in 2015 will see the longsword dancers of the future.

The warm-ups took place in the Market Hall, in the marketplace and in a couple of pubs. Perhaps unsurprisingly Vince and Co. had chosen the competition date to coincide with a CAMRA real ale festival, also in the Market Hall.

Sallyport kicked off with a stomping rapper dance, then the Own Dance part started. The Six Jolly Miners entertained with their tribute to a Sheffield mining disaster with Carlisle Sword and Clog to follow. Next came Redcar, Claro and London’s Hawksword.

A brief break for tea and cake, for some more real ale, and we were back on with the Traditional section.

Monkseaton started with The Goathland Plough Stots, Sallyport, Sullivan’s Sword from Nottingham, with Hawksword, Grenoside and Redcar to finish.

The Mayor of Richmond presented the prizes, and the winners are as follows;

Musician – Redcar
Snark Audience Reaction – Sallyport
Own dance – Redcar
Traditional dance – Sallyport
Trevor Stone prize – Sallyport

It was the hosts what won it, against some stiff competition from the likes of Claro and Redcar.

Well done to all that took part! And here’s to Goathland / Whitby in 2015.

(all photos by Edwin Dyson)

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  1. Have posted video clip of winners at http://www.theworldismylobster.org.uk/#/richmond-long-sword-dancing/4587532655

    I have more clips of other teams – if you can email me back and let me know the correct names of the teams I will post those as well

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