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.
Image – Tintagel Web
Battle of Camlann 2004. Image – Tintagel Web
Laetitia’s family at Battle of Camlann 2005. Image- Tintagel Web
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. As the years progressed she learnt ballet and during her 20s toured nightclubs as part of a dance troupe and was a podium dancer. Laetitia had dancing lessons 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 then and still are today.
A few months after moving to Cornwall Laetitia was contacted by an acquaintance who asked whether she would be interested in becoming an apprentice Teazer for the Penzance Obby ‘Oss Penglaz. This is how she began conversing with Cassandra who considered her for the role with the Golowan Festival due to her past membership with a reputable Morris team as well as martial arts training that requires a high level of fitness. After a few practices, Cassandra decided the best way for her to learn was by performing alongside her on the streets of Penzance. Laetitia did so as part of her Teazer training for two years.
Laetitia also participated with Cassandra in the procession for the first May Horns celebration in Penzance in 2009.
There came a time when they were no longer required for the Golowan festival due to political disagreements (should you require further information concerning this you will find it on the Media Page). They then created their own Guise team Boekka and re-named Cassandra’s ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll. Laetitia and Cassandra were then able to tour without restriction. Boekka has visited Scotland, Wales, Kent and Laetitia is now the main Teazer for Penkevyll.
An experimental dance was devised by Laetitia’s talented son Rhys for Boekka’s 2013 Ceildih spot at Teignmouth folk festival. 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.
Laetitia also danced with a Cornwall Morris side from 2014 to 2016.
Images – Dougie Latham
Unfortunately the Cornwall Morris side did not provide the ‘dark and edgy’ performance she was accustomed to and it was also decided by officers that all dancers were to change kit to brightly coloured shirts after agreeing that Laetitia could wear the black she was accustomed to. This was one of the reasons for leaving and although some may think it petty, there were however more serious reasons.
The first Morris side Laetitia joined in Kent had a high standard of performance accompanied by a dark energy and they were admired by Beltane Morris. After the experience of performing with an exceptional Morris team in the past she felt that she could not settle for anything less.
In 2018 however Laetitia’s Morris dancing time completed a ‘full circle’ with a surprisingly wonderful occurrence at the All Hallows Dark Gathering. Read the following post A Special All Hallows Dark Gathering 2018
Laetitia now has the freedom of expression within her role as Teazer of the ‘Oss which confirmed that Morris dancing is no longer an option.
Unfortunately when one leaves a Morris team there can be repercussions. Certain officers and members who contrive to appear faultless to others but also seek revenge, can group together and seek out allies. They then will create and spread vile false rumours in order to destroy the reputation of a former member:
“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.”
Life moves on and Laetitia is now learning Appalachian Flat Foot dancing to maintain her energy levels. She also utilises dance regularly within her magical work for energy raising.
Laetitia can dance at folk music sessions and anywhere she chooses as all she needs is her dancing board and shoes. Laetitia also participates in Cornish dancing when the opportunity arises.
Her main focus is her Teazer role and performance connected to ‘Osses and Mari Lwyds. The Squire of Beltane Border Morris complimented her on her Teazer performance at the All Hallows Gathering 2016. Hearing this from an Officer of a team who give 100% during their performances was indeed a compliment from one of the best Morris sides around.
Cassandra is no longer Teazer for Penkevyll after an impressive 20 years so from 2017 (after 8 years of performing alongside her) Laetitia has now taken on the main role. She now has two apprentice Teazers to train.
Laetitia is also the proud owner and rider of Morvargh the Sea ‘Oss she takes her to events when Penkevyll is unavailable and occasionally they appear together.
The fun continues….