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Posted on 15th September 2017


In what is thought to be a first, local solicitors, Pardoes, are to sponsor local Morris dancers, Dr Turberville’s Morris. Dr Turberville’s is a mixed “side” or team ranging in age from 20 to 75 who can be seen dancing throughout much of south Somerset and west Dorset, the area where Pardoes five offices are located.

First established in the 1400s, Morris dancing has long been a popular attraction at many village fêtes and local pubs through the summer months. For many people it is part of the very fabric of rural life and is frequently part of the Wassail celebrations in Somerset cider orchards.

Dr Turberville’s Morris are named after Dr. Daubeney Turbeville, an eminent Physician and Oculist whose family home was Wayford Manor, near Crewkerne who died in 1696 and is buried in St Michael and All Angels, Wayford.

Catherine Murton, a partner in Pardoes’ Yeovil office commented “our support for the colourful and lively Dr Turberville’s Morris may surprise some as it’s far removed from the normal image portrayed by solicitors, but with our roots firmly in the local community in which we work and live, we are very excited to be able to support this wonderful local Morris Side”.

Neil Cooper, Dr Turberville’s Morris Moneybags (Treasurer) said “We are delighted to welcome Pardoes as our first ever sponsor. We are a mixed side who dance the Cotswold style and are known for our friendly and fun approach to Morris dancing, and Pardoes support will help us maintain what is part of England’s heritage. We welcome any dancer, musician or anyone who is just curious, to join us on any Tuesday evening at 8pm at the Cross Keys Inn, East Lydford from 3rd October where you can have a go!”

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