Excellent crawl with a few wistful moments

Some reprobates enjoying themselves in The Star

Some reprobates enjoying themselves in The Star

And so Northgate danced their way from Larkhall into Bath for the twenty third consecutive year, comprising as they did a healthy mix of founder members, long-serving members and relative newcomers. We had a jolly good time with much dancing and free beer in some great pubs.

But the distances between those pubs grows each year. Nearly half pubs that we used to have in this crawl but have now closed(*). It’s a sad state of affairs.

Those that remain, however, are on the whole good places to go, with a couple being excellent. They all had a good number of people in them, they all served good beer. The all welcomed us and donated willingly and generously. Many of them gave us free beer. And free snuff.

But something’s been lost. Some of the closed pubs may have been insular, one or two may have been scary, but they all represented the people who used them and gave a place for those people to meet, and talk, and drink, and that’s gone.

But to end on a positive note, the crawl itself was executed with Northgate’s customary vim and vigour, the audiences were great and a most excellent time was had by all. Roll on our 24th anniversary!

(*) The Bladud’s Arms, The Brains Surgery, The Fairfield Arms, Filos, The Porter Butt and The Longacre Tavern. RIP.

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Shock update! 23rd Anniversary Crawl this Friday

Embarrassed apology

Embarrassed apology

In a shocking move, Northgate have been contacted by a member of the public who has corrected them on how old they actually are. Given they were formed in 1991, this makes them officially 23 this year.

A Northgate spokesman said, “It’s getting hard to remember how old the team is, mainly due to the ridiculously hard training we put in for our art. It really is rather tiring. Oh yes, there’s the beer too, but we’re sure that’s not the reason.”

He then giggled, hiccuped and returned to the bar.

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22nd Anniversary Crawl this Friday: Larkhall beware!

Some of our reasonably attractive fans

Some of our reasonably attractive fans

Northgate have now achieved the ripe old age of 22, or maybe 23. We’ve lost count. To celebrate our advancing age, we’ve decided to do something unique the same this year as we’ve done every year for nearly a quarter of a century, which is to go to Larkhall in Bath and dance in all the pubs that remain open.

As is now traditional, we’ll be joined along the way by many of our fans and followers. We include here a photograph of the marvellous Silver Flame Rapper who will almost certainly not be there on Friday but who are much more attractive than most of the people who will be. Paul, Ron, Pete: we mean you.

Anyway, the crawl starts at 8pm in The Curfew in Bath, then heads into all the pubs in darkest Larkhall before returning to finish at The Star at some ridiculously late hour. Be there.

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Northgate grow up (by one new recruit)

Northgate tick!

A good practice, two crawls planned and a new recruit; now that is an evening well seized. Hurrah for us. We’re just, like, so cool sometimes.

So welcome Paul, our latest recruit, who picked up the basics in remarkably quick time.

We’ll all be meeting again for another practice next Wednesday,  same time, same place. Join us.

JOIN US.

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Northgate return to practice!

WE RISE!

WE RISE!

After a longer than usual summer break, the lads of Northgate return from festivals and foreign climes to once more threaten the peace of Bath. Practice resumes! We are risen!

We’ll be meeting tonight in the church hall of St John The Baptist, St John’s Road, BATH, BA2 6PT. It’s by the Fire Station.

Join us… if you dare.

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It Ain’t Half Hot Mum: Northgate crawl despite intense heat

Northgate in a spin

Northgate melt into one due to the heat

The temperature was just over 28 degrees when we began our tour of Bath on Wednesday, and it didn’t drop much during the night.

Despite the intense heat, we managed seven dances in six pubs, each one performed with our customary vigour and spunk.

And to top off this wonderful crawl, we had our very own Oxford scholar return for a special guest appearance and we were joined by a load of groupies, one of whom was very disappointed that we weren’t wearing our new summer kit after all.

Oh yes, and Edwin got injured by a sword. Luckily, he didn’t make a fuss about it.

Edwin suffering manfully

Edwin suffering manfully

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Summer crawl on Wednesday: new kit on show?

Northgate try new summer kit

Northgate try their new summer kit

Northgate are going on a short, summer crawl in Bath this Wednesday evening, starting at the delightful Royal Oak on the Lower Bristol Road at 19:45 before before heading into town via the Hop Pole and the Kings Arms.

If the weather remains exceptionally hot, there’s a chance we may be showing off our latest contender for new kit. However, there is some disagreement as to how suitable this design will be for dancing at other times of the year. Time will tell.

Find out more here.

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Northgate demo potential new kit

New kit

Handsome models show off proposed new kit

After many years of dancing in our trademark green hoggers and gold sashes, Northgate are considering a new look.

We see here one of the proposals in a restful lilac colour along with the traditional sword dancing tank tops and folk ties, which shows a forward-looking formality with a knowing nod to our history.

It is modelled by Martin along with his younger helper but, as you may be able to see if you look very closely, it is not a current photo.

Oh yes, and we’re practising this Wednesday in Bath. Find us on Facebook for details.

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Northgate memories of Glastonbury

It’s nice to see rapper appearing at Glastonbury as part of the Demon Barbers show, and if you’re going, make sure you see them! Even the BBC are recommending them. However, they’re not the first rapper team to appear at the festival.

Dancing on the Bandstand Stage

Northgate on the Bandstand Stage

Way back in 1998, Northgate were invited to appear and, despite the fact that Martin’s daughter was but three days old, we duly pitched up and did ourselves proud on the Bandstand Stage and elsewhere, albeit having to dance in wellies due to the flooding.

We were memorably rewarded by Julian Temperley himself with hot, spiced cider before our rather exciting exit, which involved Ron and Martin on the bonnet of a borrowed car, holding on for dear life and weighing down the wheels as Ashley reversed us at ludicrous speeds across fields of liquid mud, overtaking the lesser 4x4s as they spun their wheels in muddy futility, sinking deeper into the ground with each attempt.

A dodgy lock in a festival bar. We'd been there a while...

A pretty dodgy lock in a festival bar. We’d been there a while by now

We went back the next couple of years too, and jolly good fun it was too as we moved between the bars and stages, dancing wherever the fancy took us.

So good luck to the Demon Barbers. Get rapper into a Metallica mosh pit and you will be heroes to us all.

 

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Northgate return from early summer holidays

Northgate return from a well-earned rest

Northgate return from a well-earned rest

Yes indeed, Northgate are back!

We’ve been on a well-earned but unplanned break due to early summer holidays and people swanning off to foreign climes. Like London.

And so we rise once more and, rubbing the sleep from our eyes and scrubbing the dirt from under our fingernails, we return to our regular Wednesday practices in Bath at 8pm.

Contact us through Facebook if you’re man enough to join in!

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