This year’s May Queen will be Jenny Hawkes, who will be crowned as May Queen on Ickwell Green on 4th May.
Jenny will be supported by Sian Roberts, who will present the garland, and Angel Westbury, who will present the sceptre. Her two other attendants will be Megan Royle and Isabella Thiedeman.
The May Day festival will start with the procession of dancers gathering in the grounds of the Crown 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.
After the dancing there are lots of stalls for you to browse, selling local produce and 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!
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 June 2016. If you have any old photos or film of Ickwell May Day that you would be willing to copy or loan for this event the May Day committee would really appreciate it. If you can help in this way, please contact Richard Beaty on 01767627119 or e-mail: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org Details of the event will be published on here nearer the time.
Past May Queens
The photo gallery page includes archival photographs of most of the past May Queens going back to 1911