Despite this, I was one of the many people of Stourbridge who accumulated in their masses, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed watching the dancing. Morris dancing is a traditional type of English folk dance that involves choreographed stepping to music, often involving props including sticks, swords and handkerchiefs.
I will admit that before arriving in the town centre I was apprehensive. Was it because I had been informed that the male dancers would be painting their faces black? Probably. The idea of people painting their faces black in 2015 is worrying enough, let alone when they will be on show to a whole town who could have easily been offended.
A range of dances took place that day and each one, although remaining traditional, was incredibly entertaining, utilising props such as sticks and batons. What I enjoyed most about the dancing was the element of fun - everyone who participated looked so genuinely happy to be a part of their groups and really appreciated that they were performing.
Above all else, it was something different. A change of thought, seeing something you haven't seen before - whatever it may be, opening yourself up to new experiences makes life more exciting and certainly less predictable. In just a day, old English traditions were let loose upon Stourbridge and embraced like an old friend, and the town was transformed into a vibrant centre of celebration, music, singing and dancing.