Clog dancing's big street revival

Britain's cottonmill workers used to dance it. Then it became a mark of shame. Now clog dancing has returned to where it belongs – the streets

The streets of Newcastle have begun to echo with a sound that has not been heard since the industrial revolution. A sharp, rhythmic knocking can be heard among the Saturday crowds in Eldon Square, one of the city's busiest intersections. It sounds a little like the clatter of hooves, though there are no horses in sight.

What the shoppers do not realise is that they are about to be ambushed by the biggest clog dance event staged in the UK. More than a hundred volunteers have, literally, got their clogs on and been coached to perform a mass routine. For 10 minutes, the dancers bring the city to a standstill. There are people clogging on oil drums, between the tables outside Pret a Manger and up the steps of Grey's monument.
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