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The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers from Bacup under threat.


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The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers from Bacup have staged the Historic annual Easter Boundary Dance for more than 150 years, The 2013 event is under threat as Rossendale Borough Council said there is a cost to providing road closures.

 

The case is now going to be looked into by the government after Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry said the bill endangered the morris dance tradition.

 

'Custodians of tradition'

 

Joe Healey, secretary of the Britannia Coco-nut Dancers who are also known as the Nutters, said the group have never been charged before for road closures.

"We can't afford to pay this," he said. "We are custodians of this tradition and give our time freely... and we donate any money we raise on the day to two local charities.

"The bill would be in excess of the money we raise on the day.

"The Easter Boundary Dance is a very old tradition which has come through all sorts such as wars so why have we been stopped in our tracks by funding?"

The group has a meeting with Rossendale council next month.

 

The Nutters blacken their faces to reflect the mining traditions of the group.

 

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