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Kirkby Malzeard (Cont')
Then without pause Single over is danced
Nos. 2 & 3 hold their sword down about 18 - 24 inches from ground and No 1 jumps over it turns left, as in single over, passes round no. 3 followed by 6,5,4 etc. and back to his place. Directly he is over he raises right arm and he and no.2 hold sword up above the rest (see photo no. 3) after no.4 has jumped no.3 jumps sword and turns left to place. At the same moment no.2 turns left, raising left arm and at once proceeds to jump over sword held by 3 & 4. This begins 2' round wh is followed by the remaining 4 rounds as in previous figure. Directly 6' round is finished, 'single over' is danced on the way already described.
'Single Over' is usually done in the same way as 'Single Under' except that the dancers jump over instead of pass under the sword, and the [?] nos 2 & 3 remain
stationary throughout nos. 2 & 3 stoop down all the time (see photo)
Nos. 2 & 3 hold sword down as in Single Over and no.1 jumps it with raised right arm Directly he is over, he stoops down by the side of and outside no.3 so that there are now 2 swords held down in parallel lines (photo 4). These swords are now jumped in order by Nos. 4,5, & 6 all of whom pass round Nos. 3 & 1 , and return to places. After 6 has jumped over. No.3 jumps over , turns left, passes round no..1 and back to place. No. 2 &1 then rise up and no 2 turns right with round with raised arms , & no 1 returns to his place [?]
Directly this is completed no.2 jumps over sword held down by no.3 & 4 and figure is repeated as before
This figure is followed by Single Under after which they dance
Nos.1 & 6 pass under sword held up by 3 & 4. No.1 turns to right with left arm raised round 3, and no 6 with right arm raised to left, round no.4 and both return to places (photo 5). directly nos.1 & 6 have passed under sword nos. 2 & 5 do the same no.2 passing round 3 to right and no.5 round 4 to left. Nos 3 & 4 then [rise] up,3 times right and 4 left to position. Nos.2 & 3 then pass under sword held up by 5 & 6 and so on till figure complete. Single Under is then danced.
N.B. Leader really starts from No. 6 in place not as shown above
This is danced exactly as preceding figure except that they jump sword instead of passing under it.
At conclusion of figure Single Under is performed
This is followed by the Clash As already described When the normal ring form is reached dancers lace swords as described in the Grenadier notation, The Captain stands in middle of ring and is crowned with the lock.
This is followed by
Your own Sword
No.1 raises his left hand up and passes it on the
other side of his head and then jumps over sword on his right. No2 then does the same followed by Nos.3 ,4 ,5 & 6.
This is followed by Single Under and then all dancers release hold of their neighbour's swords and perform the
At the conclusion of this figure when normal ring is formed (photo 1) the swords are laced. The method of accomplishing this was rather different from that adopted by the Grenoside men, but it amounted ot the same thing. Directly the lock is formed the leader raises it up in his right hand, the Captain steps into the middle of the ring and is crowned with it. This concludes the dance
The costume of the dancers is a red flannel tunic with a strip of white braid round each sleeve, the collar and down the centre of the front (attached to the left side of tunic) An ordinary cricket cap with small peak, quartered in red and white; white trousers or overalls with red stripe, brown canvas shoes.
The Clown died 4 years ago and since then no one has taken his place. He used to be the one who was crowned and not the Captain. He had a dinner bell and foxes tail tied to the back buckle of his breeches, and he used to run about saying.
A fox tail, a fox tail
It's noo to be seen
Although I so ragged & wear an old coat
Who knows but I'm loved by the Queen.
He aslo word a white [wide awake] hat such as is worn by haymakers with 5 or 6 peacock feathers sticking up in it.
The Captain wore a blue coat [?] ordinary trousers and a long sword- not wooden. After the dance was finished and the Clown was going round with the box the dancers would
indulge in athletic tricks to amuse the onlookers. They would for instance to 'The Proll' like the Grenoside dancers, only they called it 'Waves of the Sea'. they would also perform the tuck which I saw [Harrison] do. He would stand up with another man back to back, put his arms behind his head and under the chin of his companion and the throw the latter over his head backwards.