Ickwell May Day

The next May Day will be held on Monday 2nd May 2016
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Ickwell May Day 2016

13-year-old Lucy Menheneott, from Ickwell, is to be crowned as May Queen on 2nd May. Lucy will be supported by Annabel Walker, who will present the garland, and Fiona Sutherland, who will present the sceptre. Her two other attendants will be Sophie Bryant and Molly Woodman.
The May Day festival will start with the procession of dancers gathering in the grounds of the Crown Public House, Northill at 1 pm and travelling from Northill to Ickwell led by the Bedford Morris Men, before the crowning of the May Queen and dancing round the maypole takes place. The May Queen will be presented with a garland, sceptre and crown, all decorated with flowers, and will be given a locket by a former May Queen as a remembrance of the day.
This is followed by a spectacular display of dancing, and just over the road are stalls and sideshows for visitors to enjoy as well as excellent refreshments including home-made cakes in the village hall. If you stay to the end of the dancing in the arena, you can take part and have a dance around the maypole too! There’s plenty of free parking near the arena and it’s a great afternoon out for all the family.
The Ickwell May Day Committee is still planning to hold a display of its archives in 2017. If you have any old photos or film of Ickwell May Day that you would be willing to copy or loan for this event, please contact Richard Beaty on 01767 627119 or e-mail: richard.beaty@btinternet.com Details of the event will be published on the Ickwell May Day website, in the parish magazine and local press nearer the time.



Old Scholars

Old documents show that celebrating May Day was an established custom here as far back as 1563. The current form of celebrations, with the plaiting of ribbons and a May Queen, began in 1894 and has been held nearly every year since. We don’t have photographs going quite that far back, but we are planning to have a display of our records and archive photography in 2017.


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Past May Queens

The photo gallery page includes archival photographs of most of the past May Queens going back to 1911

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