Sailors are to ban the hornpipe as part of a plan to ring much needed rain to the South of England. The Sailor’s Hornpipe is traditionally associated with a plea for fine weather, and the Ministry of Defence is to ban all dancing of it while it investigates a link between what some are calling “a Sun Dance” and low water levels in lakes and reservoirs While the Royal Navy has powers to ban any dance, the Merchant Navy will be subject to a purely voluntary hornpipe ban, and there has already been reports of defiant secret hornpipe dancing en masse in ports as far apart as Stranraer and Plymouth.
The Navy has also banned the singing of a line in the song “What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor?" “Put him in the scuppers with the hosepipe on him” will be replaced with “Send him for appropriate alcohol related anti abuse training. Earlye in the morning appointment preferred.”
The Department of ulture Arts and Leisure says tap dancing is unaffected, and there will almost certainly be no return to the standpipe dancing of 1976