Amble had a Rapper Sword Dance tradition dancing out around the streets of the town over Christmas and New Year, but this died out in the 1930s; though was an attempt to revive the dance locally in the 1960s. A local family, the Flanighan’s, provided the backbone of the side, Frank Flanighan who died aged 89 attributed his longevity to “good beer and plenty of dancing”.
So it is against this background that a couple of us have decided to reform the Amble Sword Dancers. Initially we will be dancing a Longsword style; similar to but slightly less energetic than Rapper, but a good basis on which to teach new dancers. Later we hope to introduce the Rapper and it will probably be based on the researches by Bill Cassie and others in the 60’s