Siobhan follows in morris dance steps of her mum

Siobhan and her team of young dancers prepare for THIS Saturday's Field Day.
Siobhan and her team of young dancers prepare for THIS Saturday's Field Day.
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Morris dancing is certainly a family affair for one Ribchester family.

Ros Lough-Scott plus daughters Gemma Braithwaite and Siobhan Lough-Scott have all danced in and taught the village’s morris dancing team.

Siobhan, an 18-year-old hairdressing apprentice and a former field day queen, is currently training this year’s troupe for Saturday’s field day.

The morris team always takes a major role in the procession round the village, which starts at 1pm. The team then performs in the main field day arena.

Siobahn, a former pupil of Longridge High School and an accomplished gymnast, said: “I’ve always wanted to do it because my mum used to do it. I just enjoy it.”

Ros, meanwhile, may have handed over the morris dancing baton some time ago, but she has taken up a new field day role this year as the queen’s organiser.

In addition Ros, who has just qualified as a hairdresser at Preston College, is putting her dressmaking skills to good use helping to sew the costumes for the 2014 morris troupe.

She recalled: “I did morris dancing from the age of five until I was 15. It was then 
Susan Molloy who led them. I’d got married and Susan was wanting a bit of help. I offered to help. I did it for about five years then she retired and I took over.”

Following Ros’s retirement after some 13 years in charge of the team, Gemma, now a 29 year old graphic designer, Janice Metcalf and Nicola Wright ensured the troupe continued to put its best foot forward.