Pipekit Sponsors Shrewsbury Morris Dancers

The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers have struck up a new sponsorship partner in Pipekit, a Shropshire based plastic pipe distributor following engagement on Twitter and the forum #shropshirehour.  Let the smashing of sticks and clanging of pipes commence!

The unusual paring of an English Morris dancing team and a pipe supplier is new for 2014.  It was born out of Pipekit’s desire to give something back to the local community and Shrewsbury Morris Dancers looking for financial partners that could help support the voluntary status of the group.

Commenting on the hook up, Martyn Rowlands, M.D of Pipekit said: “We were looking to sponsor a local project and were first alerted to Shrewsbury Morris Dancers via Twitter.  I saw how active they were in participating in the community and specifically liked how they promoted local businesses and events.  It got me to thinking that this would be a great and very different sponsorship venture and having met up with the team, I am very much looking forward to seeing how our money will support the group.  Plus perhaps learning a few dances myself”.

Shrewsbury Morris Dancers is made up of The Shrewsbury Lasses, Shrewsbury Bull and Pump Morris Men and Shrewsbury Cloggers, and as a group have been dancing for nearly 40 years.  A local group rooted in the local community, much of the team’s annual dance programme is in Shrewsbury and the surrounding villages.  However they also attend national festivals and other events regionally.  In 2013 they hosted the Morris Federation’s annual Day of Dance, which filled the streets of Shrewsbury with over 400 dancers and musicians.

Speaking on the sponsorship deal and the impact it will have on the group, Bev Langton, Co-Leader of The Shrewsbury Morris Dancers said: “Like all voluntary groups, funding is not always easy and often unreliable.  We are generally self sufficient but with the recent economic climate we have started to look for more support from outside our circle.  Collaboration with Martyn and the Pipekit team will help enormously and the financial support put to great use.  Essentially however, we see this as a business partnership, where we can work together to establish mutual benefits for both parties”.

Pipekit’s sponsorship package will be used to cover running costs of the group including practice room hire, insurance and kit costs. It will also help support the club’s desire to keep membership fees low and protect current booking costs to support both the members and the customers.

The Shrewsbury Morris Dancer’s 2014 programme is currently being finalised but will include:  The Big Busk, in aid of Shrewsbury Ark in Shrewsbury on the 5th April, dancing at Dudmaston Hall and the 2014 Morris Federation Day of Dance in Keswick.  For further details regarding Shrewsbury Morris Dancing log onto www.shrewsburymorris.co.uk.

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