It is always a sad occasion whenever the Side
loses a member, but the sadness is never so great as when
they have died so tragically and so young.
Michael (21), who died in a rail line accident
on 3rd October 1999, was the only member of The
Side to be born in a traditional Morris location (Eynsham)
before moving to Wantage. Like David Andrews, Michael
was one of the youngest, permanent members of The Side.
He was trained from the age of 7 by Phil Carmichael, and had
more than 15 years dancing experience. He began dancing with
The Side in 1989.
He produced powerful, vigorous and usually
faultless performances. His memory for dance traditions
was good and never failed to amaze many in The Side with his
ability to recall the most obscure of dances. He always
had a smile on his face and will always be remembered for
his dynamic performances of the Bampton two-man jig, Princess
Royal, with David Andrews.