Mercian Labels Celebrates Xeikon with Morris Dancing


5 December 2011

Cannock, UK and Lier, Belgium

Mercian Labels Celebrates Xeikon with Morris Dancing


The Mercian Labels Group, Cannock, UK, has completed final installation of its new Xeikon 3300 digital label press. The company’s original investment in Xeikon digital printing equipment, a Xeikon 330, was decommisioned at the same time. To celebrate this a “farewell” of Morris dancing signalled the departure of the old machine.

Dr Adrian Steele, Managing Director of The Mercian Labels Group said: “Whilst the retiring machine was destined for recycling, we could not let the occasion pass without a celebration of its achievements for our business over many years. We got our thinking caps on, and our sales team suggested we organise some celebratory dancing in a quintessentially English style.”

Enter The Jockey Morris Men of Birmingham, who performed a series of traditional English “farewell” dances to see out our old machine.

Among the dances performed were:

  • Vandals of Hammerwich – a stick dance from the Lichfield tradition. The title comes from some inhabitants of Hammerwich (near Mercian Labels in Cannock; not to be confused with Hammersmith, London!) who set fire to a wood in Staffordshire in the Middle Ages – hence the placename of Burntwood.
  • Lads a Buncham – a traditional fighting dance from the village of Adderbury in Oxfordshire. Danced with long sticks (quarterstaffs)
  • Laudnum Bunches – a handkerchief dance from the village of Headington Quarry – now a suburb of Oxford. The title comes from Laudanum – a popular opiate!
  • Highland Mary – a handkerchief dance from the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. It is sometimes danced to the tune of “Norton New Bell Wake” which comes from a poem in St Nicolas Church, Kings Norton which celebrates the installation of new bells in 1783.

Some of this unique “passing out” celebration has been recorded and is available now on Youtube!



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