Masons Apron decided to enjoy the Upton on Seven folk festival again this year, we like the relaxed atmosphere and meeting other sides that we have made contact with over the years.

Friday started cool Mike arrived first and staked out a pitch for us, followed a little later by Di & Mike, over the next few hours everybody who was camping arrived and settled in though some were in need of medicinal sloe gin.
Saturday morning our display dance spot was early at 10:20am where we danced Milnrow & Lostock Junction after which we moved on to The Swan and joined with several other sides taking turns to Dance. During the day we moved around the different dance spots enjoying the spectacle of watching different styles of morris dancing, also taking our turn at performing a range of our dances.
2 The final dance of the day was a mass dance to the tune of Bluebells of Scotland, when we danced the Ashton, as usual it degenerated into a giant conga involving all the sides taking part. After tea and cakes at the campsite we cooked a joint supper during which Judy & Graham were presented with a plant for their wedding anniversary. A glass or two of Champagne was drunk in honour of the occasion, also celebrated was Sarah's son Michael's birthday. He is finally a teenager! during the evening we went our separate ways, some to the concert & some to sessions in the pubs.
 Sunday started at noon with the traditional Upton procession, we were near the back & danced Whitby Shindig to the usual tunes. When we arrived at the end the other sides had formed a tunnel which we danced through, we started dancing at the Swan where among other sides we met with Black Adder. After several dances we decided to dance a joint Windmills which they had taught us several years ago - quite spectacular! our final official dance spot was at 5:40pm after which most sides made their way home. Tracey, Martin, Di & Mike stayed over night to see the evening concert. All in all a very enjoyable festival.