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Blackface Morris dancers defy critics and wear controversial make-up

Blackface Morris dancers yesterday defied critics to entertain a May Day crowd, while wearing their controversial make-up.

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Members of the Britannia Coconut Dancers in Bacup, Lancashire, split from The Joint Morris Organisation, the umbrella group which represents the country’s 800 dancing teams, after being told to stop painting their faces black in 2020. 

The dance body ruled that ‘full face black or other skin tone make-up was a practice that had the potential to cause deep hurt’ and members must stop in response to the Black Lives Matter campaign.

But the group defied instruction and continued to take part in traditional celebrations, appearing in the same costumes and make-up, in front of the Crown Inn on Sunday. 

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