SALISBURY’S leading basketball team are used to being in the spotlight on court, but they are now unexpectedly making their mark in the film world thanks to a movie about Morris dancing!

The Salisbury Suns can be seen in the film ‘Morris – A life with bells on,’ which is currently being shown to packed audiences in small theatres across the south of England.

Some of the movie, which has yet to attract a major distributor, was shot at Tisbury Sports Centre.

Suns’ former coach Darren Oakey, who is now in charge of the Welsh under 16s team, was contacted by Twist Films specifically for a scene in the film.

“My brief was to put a scene together that showed the basketball players and the Morris dancers training together to improve their jumping ability,” he said.

Suns players Lee Duckett, John Jones, Adam Heath, Adam Marriott, Charlie Woodford, David Castle and Hugo Azevedo, plus former Salisbury player John Gill, who now plays for National League Southampton Trailblazers, and Edmund Foster and Martin Delpuech, two players from Oakey’s present club, Kings Collage, London were all involved in the filming.

“The basketball scene was filmed at Tisbury Sports Centre which was a great experience for us all,” explained Oakey.

“We all appeared in the scene which shows the players dribbling and jumping to the basket with me coaching on the side.

“In between the players going to the basket, the Morris dancers danced to the basket and hit it with their sticks.”

The film has already caused quite a stir – attracting publicity in national newspapers and on BBC’s South Today programme.

“It is gaining great reviews which is fantastic news and it is great to think that we are part of it,” added Oakey.