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Morris man dances from London to Norwich

PUBLISHED: 14:18 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:18 16 February 2011

Morris dancer Tom Clare. Photo supplied by the Brackley and Towcester Advertiser

Morris dancer Tom Clare. Photo supplied by the Brackley and Towcester Advertiser

The Brackley and Towcester Advertiser

A Morris dancer is following in the footsteps of a Shakespearean actor as he dances every step of the way from London to Norwich.

Tom Clare, 33, is dancing his way along the 120-mile journey from the capital to raise money for community projects and to raise the profile of Morris dancing.

The pizza delivery driver from Northamptonshire set off on Friday, February 11 and is due to arrive in Norwich on Tuesday, February 22.

His merry band also includes friends Jamie Pope, who is unicycling the journey dressed as a clown, and Adam Bacon who is dressed as a Jedi.

Mr Clare was inspired to undertake the feat after hearing the story of Will Kemp who danced from London to Norwich in 1600.

“When I started Morris dancing four years ago someone told me the story of Will Kemp and I thought that was the crazy sort of thing I would do,” he said.

“It’s going well so far. My feet are pretty sore but I’ve got no blisters.

“The support has been great, lots of people have been waving and beeping at us.”

Mr Clare began at Mansion House in central London on Friday and on Sunday visited the Lambourne End Centre, an outdoor learning facility, in Essex.

The trio, who will dance for eight days and have four rest days before arriving in Norwich, will visit other similar community projects en route.

When they arrive in Norwich, they will meet up with local Morris dancing groups before dancing their way into the city centre.

Mr Clare added: “We want to raise the profile of Morris dancing and raise the awareness of community gardens and community projects.

“We want to start a community garden in Brackley in Northamptonshire so we want to learn about other projects and how they engage people of all ages.”

For more information about Mr Clare’s Morris dancing challenge, go to www.lifestreamfreqs.org

Are you planning a challenge with a difference? Call Evening News reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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