For a few years Laetitia was a re-enactor at the Battle of Camlann Tintagel. She participated in longbow archery displays wearing medieval costume and fought in battles.
Battle of Camlann 2004.
Laetitia’s former husband and son at the Battle of Camlann 2005.
Battle of Camlann Tintagel 2010
Laetitia had been a member of Wolfshead Bowmen performing archery displays at Castle Cary in Devon. They practiced at Michelham Priory Sussex and attended the magnificent festival at Herstmonceux. Her best shot was through a small hole in a shield wall at ground level where the arrow slid between the legs of a kneeling soldier wearing a kilt!Michaelham Priory Sussex
Dancing has been one Laetitia’s life-long passions. From infancy she attempted to imitate dancers seen on television and as the years progressed she learnt ballet and during her 20s toured nightclubs as part of a dance troupe and was also a podium dancer. Laetitia had dancing tuition from Len Goodman at his studio (Len later became a renowned Judge on the television show Strictly Come Dancing.)
From 1999 Laetitia was a Morris dancer with Wolfshead & Vixen, she also attended belly dancing classes and in recent years has learnt Cornish dancing in Cornwall.
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2000
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2002
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2002 – Their feet didn’t touch the ground!
See video footage of Wolfshead and Vixen dancing at The Swan in West Peckham 2002. Laetitia’s son was only 10 years of age and maintained a good rhythm on the drum while she danced with Vixen.
The following videos are not good quality but they show how hard the team worked and how fabulous the dances were and still are today.
A few months after moving to Cornwall Laetitia was contacted by an acquaintance who enquired whether she would be interested in becoming an apprentice Teazer for the Penzance Obby ‘Oss Penglaz. Through this introduction she became better acquainted with Cassandra who considered her for this role at the Golowan Festival after hearing of her past membership with a reputable Morris team and her martial arts training that requires a high level of fitness. After a few practices, Cassandra decided the best way for Laetitia to learn was to perform alongside her on the streets of Penzance. She did so as part of her Teazer training during 2009 and 2010.
Montol Festival 2009
Mazey Eve 2009
Mazey Eve 2009
Mazey Eve 2009
Laetitia also participated in the procession for the first May Horns 2009 celebration in Penzance.
May Horns Penzance 2010
When Cassandra and Laetitia were no longer required for the Golowan festival due to political disagreements (should you require further information go to the Media Page). They created their own Guise team Boekka and re-named Cassandra’s ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll. This enabled them to tour without restriction. Boekka has visited Scotland, Wales, Kent and Laetitia is now the main Teazer for Penkevyll.
St Ives Festival 2012
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2011
St Pirans Day Redruth 2013
An experimental dance was devised by Laetitia’s talented son Rhys for Boekka’s Ceildih spot at Teignmouth folk festival 2013. Members of the band Muse attended this particular school, so dancing to their music was also a tribute to them. The sharp, fast moves were accurately performed by the dancers who were Laetitia, Rhys, Megan and Denise. It was a joy to perform and all involved were exceptional.
Wreckers Day of Dance Cawsand 2014
Laetitia also danced with a Cornwall Morris side from 2014 to 2016.
All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2015
All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2015
Unfortunately the Cornwall Morris side did not provide the ‘dark and edgy’ performance she was accustomed to and there was a sudden decision by officers that all dancers were to change their kit to brightly coloured shirts. They had previously agreed that Laetitia could wear a black shirt. This was one reason for her leaving and although this may seem petty, there were however other serious reasons.
Laetitia’s first Morris side in Kent had a high standard of performance accompanied by a dark energy and were an inspiration for Beltane Morris. After her experience of performance with an exceptional Morris team, she could not settle for anything less. Her time of Morris dancing completed a ‘full circle’ with a surprisingly wonderful occurrence at the All Hallows Dark Gathering. Read about it here A Special All Hallows Dark Gathering 2018
All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2018 – Image Chris Neno
Laetitia now has the freedom of expression within her role as Teazer of Penkevyll which confirmed that Morris dancing is no longer an option for her.
Unfortunately when one leaves a Morris team there can be repercussions. Certain officers and members who contrive to appear faultless to others but seek revenge, can group together, seek out allies and create vile false rumours with the intention of destroying the reputation of a former member. The following links are all related to this:
“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked… The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.”
Laetitia also utilises dance within her work for energy raising but her main focus in performance is the Teazer role connected to ‘Osses and Mari Lwyds. The Squire of Beltane Border Morris complimented her on her Teazing role at the All Hallows Gathering 2016. Hearing this from an Officer of one of the best morris sides who give 100% during their performances was indeed a compliment.
All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2018
Cassandra is no longer Teazer for Penkevyll after an impressive 20 years and from 2017 (after 8 years of performing alongside her) Laetitia has taken over the main role. She also has two apprentice Teazers who are doing well.
Laetitia & Morvargh -All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2018
Laetitia is also the proud owner and rider of Morvargh the Sea ‘Oss taking her to events when Penkevyll is unavailable and occasionally they appear together. One of her apprentice Teazers also rides Morvargh at events.
All Hallows Dark Gathering Boscastle 2018
Outside Chepstow Castle after the 2019 Wassail.
The fun continues….