9 July 2018 - East Malling

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A vigorous warm-up routine.
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Kent Korkers & Pork Scratchin’s are a mixed side from Dartford who feature a variety of styles in their dance repertoire. I have been told that it has been many years since we danced together so it was a great pleasure to share a stand with them at the King and Queen pub in East Malling.

The venue is an interesting pub with a long history. It started off as a house in 1537 but was granted a licence to serve ale in 1672. It got its current name in 1704, reputedly in honour of William and Mary who ruled the country together from 1688 to 1694. It has continued under various owners ever since and is still going strong.

Like me, I am sure that you are intrigued by the name Kent Korkers & Pork Scratchin’s. I understand that they are an amalgamation of two sides and that the Korkers ladies first danced out on 1st May 1983, taking their name from sausages made by Hoads who are based in Rolvenden. Pork Scratchin’s was a men's side that originated in 1989 and I can only assume that they took their name from that popular pub snack.

They are, of course, not the only morris side to be named after pig products. We also have Bacon-ewrde (from Kenilworth), Boughton Gammon-chelsea and Ham-mersmith.

Moving swiftly on, I expect you want to know what happened with the dancing. Well, as usual, Kettle Bridge alternated with Kent Korkers & Pork Scratchin’s, and we danced on the excellent paved area at the front of the pub. We performed Sidcot, KBC Processional (which, continuing the pork theme, we rather made a pig's ear of), Aughton 6, Annie's, Shawforth and Milnrow. KK&PS danced with enthusiasm and fun and showed off a whole range of different styles, which was great to watch.

We finished off by having an all-in Churchtown which Kent Korkers & Pork Scratchin’s eagerly joined in with. This brought an excellent evening to a close.