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Edwalton: Sword dancers entertain care home residents

Sword dancers showed off their incredible dance routines when they brought a touch of tradition to an Edwalton care home.


The folk dancers from Sullivan’s Swords arrived at Edwalton Manor Care Home, Landmere Lane, with a bang, wasting no time getting into the swing of their entertainment.


Everyone at the care home stood still for a moment as the fantastic dancers showed off their colourful costumes, ribbons, and rosettes and spun their swords.

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Resident Margaret Small, aged 91, said: “I had never seen anything like it before, the dancers were incredible.”


Resident Inge Amery, aged 88, said, “It was lovely to watch such an engaging performance. They spoke about the history of the swords, and I learned a lot about the reasoning behind the swords.” 


Sullivan’s Swords dates back to 1975 and is based on longsword dancing, with dancers passing under and over the swords. Today, the group plays at many festivals around the region.


Edwalton Wellbeing and Lifestyle Co-ordinator Alice Kirkby said: “We all had a wonderful time watching the dancing; the precision and dedication that goes into creating a performance like this is awe-inspiring.


“We certainly learned about a new tradition and enjoyed meeting the group from Sullivan’s Swords.”

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