September 30, 2014 by tommy
High Spen Blue Diamonds are the only traditional rapper sword dance team still dancing today. The team was formed in 1926 (during the general strike) in the village of High Spen in what was then Co. Durham.
It has been in the care of the Forster family for most of that time and is currently led by EFDSS Gold Badge Holder Ricky Forster, grandson of Fred Forster who was a member of the original team, please see highspen.org.uk for more information.
The team is currently short of members due to long term injuries and people moving away. They would welcome any new faces to learn what are arguably the most impressive sword dances in the rapper tradition.
High Spen practice on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Barley Mow Community Centre, Birtley, Tyne and Wear. Previous experience would be an advantage but is not essential.
Contact email@example.com or Bob Wilson on 07816 016193 for further information.