Church hosts a barn dance

FARMER Matthew Redman helped to revive a medieval tradition in Middleton.

He drove a tractor loaded with hay bales through the village for the harvest thanksgiving in St Nicholas Church which took the centuries-old form of a barn dance.

A large number of all 
ages enthusiastically tried their skills at casting, forming stars and following other patterns of country dancing, ably led by Janet Douglas.

A delicious supper of filled baked potatoes and apple crumble, washed down with ginger beer punch, restored the dancers’ energies.

The dance raised more than £300 to help the Good Samaritan Vision which supports an orphanage and school in Kenya.