The Sue Dyke Award

The Sue Dyke Award

The Sue Dyke Award is Open Morris’s Annual Competition for young people in the Morris world.

Sue Dyke (nee Spick), who sadly died in 2017, was a former officer of Open Morris and a stalwart practitioner of dance in and around Nottingham. Sue danced North West with the much missed Nottingham Pride and Cotswold with Jacquard, Bunnies from Hell, Scragenz and, since 2000, with Lady BayRevellers, with whom she danced up until her final illness.

To continue Sue’s involvement with a tradition she loved so much, her husband, Ken, requested that donations made in her name at the funeral should be passed on to Open Morris, to promote and support the Morris tradition. Sue was always concerned with the future of Morris and recruitment, so it was agreed that the money should be used to set up an award for young people.

Lady Bay Revellers donated an inscribed pewter tankard, to be awarded annually by Open Morris to the winner of the Competition.

2020 Competition

‘Morris in Today’s Climate’

  • We’re pleased to announce this year’s Sue Dyke Award, our annual competition for young dancers and musicians. We hope that the competition will help to occupy the summer weeks of lockdown!
  • Since the 2019 AGM, we’ve received generous donations to the Sue Dyke Award fund from The Lobster Potties Festival, and from Shinfield Shambles Border Morris. These donations mean that the competition can run for a long time to come and will hopefully inspire many young people in the Morris world, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to both donors!
  • The closing date for this year’s competition is Friday 28th August. You can read the full rules here.
  • Our panel of independent judges remain unchanged, you can read all about them here. Many thanks to our judges, without whom we couldn’t run the competition.
  • We look forward to receiving your entries!
  • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact We’d also be keen to hear from you with expressions of interest.

The Results and Judges Comments will appear here after they are announced at the AGM on 29 November 2020