Morris men elect youngest leader

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 October 2010

Adam Busby, voted as Brent Knoll morris dancers squire at 18

Adam Busby, voted as Brent Knoll morris dancers squire at 18

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NORTH Somerset morris dancers have elected possibly the country's youngest squire.

NORTH Somerset morris dancers have elected possibly the country’s youngest squire.

Adam Busby was elected to the leadership of the Chalice Morris Men, based in Brent Knoll, at only 18.

Being a squire involves much more than being a leader though, with his word seen ‘as law’ within the traditional morris side, and the job is often keenly contested by different members.

Adam isn’t the first member of the family to be elected to the role, with his father Roy having stood down to call the recent election. His mother Beverly is the side’s ‘ragman’, responsible for the group’s kit.

In recent years the morris ring (a national body for morris dancers) has been trying to recruit younger members.

But Adam, who is studying forensic science at Bridgwater College, said: “I don’t want to be elected just because I’m young. If I am elected, it’s because I can do the job well”.

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