An annual village tradition saw good conquering evil and swords flashing on Boxing Day.

The Datchet Border Morris dancers performed two sword dances on the Green in the village.

The rapper sword dance from the North East used five dancers and flexible handled swords, while the long sword dance from Yorkshire had six dancers and stronger swords.

Then came the traditional mummers’ play performed by the dancers, as ‘King George’ took on a variety of baddies including Belzibub himself.

Keith Walter is one of the Datchet Border Morris men.

He said of this year’s performance: “We were lucky with the weather and seemed to catch the one brief moment of sun between bouts of bad weather. The mummers’ play is always popular because it shows good conquering evil in all sorts of forms.”

As usual villagers turned out in force to watch the festivities and enjoy some fresh air after the indulgences of the day before.