The sunshine more than made up for last year’s dismal weather at the Ickwell May Day Festival, which was extra special as we celebrated 450 years of May Day.
Following the procession from Northill to Ickwell, which was led by the Bedford Morris Men, outgoing May Queen, Amelia Murray, handed over her crown to this year’s May Queen Phoebe Freeman. Emily Green presented the garland and Megan Symons presented the sceptre. Phoebe was also attended by Julia and Laura Spencer. The Page boys were Charlie and Daniel and the flower girls who paid homage to the Queen were: Madeline, Libby, Gracie, Ellen and Maisie as buttercups, daisies and a violet as well as Leila, Jessica, Holly, Georgie, Jessica and Ellie who were rosebuds, mayflowers and forget-me-nots.
The dancing then began and after many week’s of practising the children performed brilliantly, making their teachers very proud. Well done to you all.
The next Ickwell May Day Festival will be held on Monday, 5 May 2014.
An HTML slide show - which should work on tablets and 'phones - is on the Gallery page. If you would like to buy a digital image or a print, just click on the photograper's link below. Half of all revenues will contribute to keeping this historic local event going through 2014.