Malton hosted a successful Morris Dancing Festival at the weekend.

Mixed Morris Dance Team Minster Strays from Ryedale organised the Day of Dancing on Saturday.

Seven Morris Dance teams took part from Ryedale, Beverley, Scarborough, Saltburn, Richmond, Barnard Castle, and Darlington.

They danced outside in the Market Place area of Malton and in St. Michael's Church during rain showers.

Ian Conlan, from the Minster Strays, said: "I took up Morris dancing with the Minster Strays 18 years ago, and we still have many of our founding members from 21 years ago as well as many newer members that have joined since then.

As we celebrate our 21st year, we are on the lookout for new members. "We meet on Mondays in Sand Hutton Village Hall, convenient for dancers coming from both Ryedale and York, and a recruiting for starters in September.

Ian added: "There was a fantastic turnout and the rain held off for the most part, so we were able to dance outside throughout the day.

"At one point, I counted 50 people watching in the marketplace, and so many passers by stopped to watch at all the dance spots.

"During a brief shower at 1.30pm there was also dancing inside St Michael's church, and we are grateful to the church, Visit Malton, and the Library for permission to dance, and for the delicious refreshments at the church in the morning. We also had enthusiastic responses from local businesses who advertised us and came and watched."

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