Whiteladies Aston

This dance is from the village of that name in Worcestershire, and was collected by John Phillips in 1906, A L Glover in 1927, and Dave Jones and others from local man Bill Scarrott in 1988. The tune used is 'The Big Ship Alley Alley O. (tune mentioned by A L Glover) Although England's Glory only added this dance to the repertoire fairly recently, it was one of the first dances taught at workshops by the newly founded 'Women's Morris Federation' in the 1970s. The tune 'Big Ship' is properly called Eglise de Sherbroek and was written in France to celebrate the death of the Duke of Marlbrough (of Blenheim fame) The Ally-O allegedly refers to the Manchester Ship Canal, but this is unlikely, not least because there is an account from Canada of the words which predates the canal opening. We use 'O Little Town of Cheltenham' during the festive season.

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