A number of years ago, MM Foreman Richard Stapledon interviewed Jim Jones, one of the founding members of Mersey Morris Men.
In fact, Jim’s involvement in the morris goes back further than the Mersey Morris Men themselves, to the days back in the 1940’s when a group of young men involved in the folk dancing scene in Liverpool, re-formed the Liverpool Morris side that had existed prior to, and no doubt ceased due to, World War Two.
There are records and memories of Liverpool Morris dancing from the late 1920’s, they attended the inaugural meeting of The Morris Ring in 1934 and received their Staff of Office from the Ring in 1936.
Jim was able to provide the story of Liverpool Morris in the post-war years and its merger with Wirral Morris to become what is now Mersey Morris.
The full story can be downloaded as a pdf here – 80 Years of Morris in Liverpool
There, you will find out about the leading roles women had in the MM history, why we changed from white trousers to black breeches and an apparent team nickname of ‘The Mersey Milkmen’!