In 1953 a small group of people gathered together to learn and enjoy some English traditional dance. This group continued practising and dancing for a few years, and in 1956 they finally formed the club, which they called Kemp’s Men of Norwich.

Kemp’s Men of Norwich are still going strong and now have over 50 years of history. We celebrated our golden jubilee in 2006.

We’d very much like some help in compiling this history so if you have reminiscences of Kemp’s events or have photographs from down the years, please do drop us a line or add your contribution in the comments box below.

Can you, for instance, help us out with other photographs like this one of Kemp’s Men dancing at Hey Hill in 1980?  Do you know who the bloke with the beard is?cm-kemps-hayhill-1980_med

… or how about some details about the event depicted below?  Entitled “Eric needs the kiss of life from a nubile maiden”; all we know is that it was taken at Hindeloopen on 23rd September 1989.  The dance must have been Adderbury “Shooting” and there’s a good chance that Eric’s human alter ego is Peter Salt!


Some would say that we’re a bit long winded or, indeed, a bit long in the tooth: we just like to think of ourselves as having a certain longevity with currently active members spanning eight decades.


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