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Morris Dancing at dawn, HayTor on Dartmoor. Based upon ancient Pagan Festival celebrating the coming of summer on May 1st.
Early-risers join the revelry with four separate Morris troops at HayTor, on top of Dartmoor. This photograph is ‘Beltane Border Morris Dancers’.
The blackened faces is a tradition of the Border Morris folk, as a form of disguise to escape persecution of the law.