Rag History

Rag Morris grew out of two other sides. In the beginning was BUMM - Bristol University Morris Men, a men's student side attached to Bristol University Students' Union. At the same time there was Whiteladies Morris, all women, some of them associated with the men, also a University Union side. After a few years the inevitable happened: numbers fell away and eventually elements from both sides combined to form a new, mixed side. The first public appearance was in 1981 at a Rag Ball, hence the new side's name, Rag Morris. The decision to dress as a Border side in tattercoats, while continuing to dance mainly Cotswold dances, is the kind of zaniness that Rag have since continued to be famed for!