Traditional rapper sides

This section aims to provide descriptions of some of the traditional rapper sides. As the definition of a traditional rapper side can be controversial, and as very little is known about the majority of the sides documented as having existed in the nineteenth century, this list is by no means exhaustive.

The contents of this section are limited to what has already been published, and any other information I have been able to research from local sources. With the exception of Earsdon, High Spen and Winlaton, none of the traditional sides are known to have continued beyond the Second World War (of these, only High Spen remains active), and there are few surviving dancers able to provide details of their traditions. I hope to expand it if and when further information becomes available, and so any information that can be provided is most welcome.

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