Ickwell May Day

The next May Day will be held on Monday 7th May 2018
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Kayleigh Henegan

Another successful Ickwell May Day Festival was held on Monday. Following the procession from Northill to Ickwell, Kayleigh Henegan was crowned as this years May Queen as part of the traditional Ickwell May Day Festival, for which records date back for more than 450 years.

Last years May Queen Lucy Menheneott crowned Queen Kayleigh. Fiona Sutherland presented the garland and Lucy Bryant presented the sceptre. Kayleigh was attended by page boys Ioan and Harvey and was presented with a locket as a keepsake of the day from the May Queen of 1955 Julie Lenton.

The flowers who paid homage to their queen and recited their words beautifully were buttercups: Molly, Florence and Esmae, daisies: Olivia and Lily, violets: Rebecca and Sophia, mayflowers: Katie and Evie, forget-me-nots Amelie and Ellie and rosebuds Dolly and Izzy.

Just before the crowning ceremony, those children who had decorated hoops with flowers showed off their creativity as they paraded around the arena. The children whose hoops had been judged as the best were given a small prize. 

The dancing, which children of the villages have been practising for since February, then began in earnest with junior maypole dancers dancing around the pole, followed by young morris dancers. The little ones of the village, some as young as four, then took their turn and danced for the entertainment of the crowd. They were followed by the older children performing country dances. All the dancers performed excellently and received fantastic applause from the crowd. It was then the turn of the old scholars of the village to plait the ribbons round the maypole.

Following the Old Scholars, a new group of Morris dancers  Ickwell Green Morris  performed in the arena, followed by the Village Dancers. The Old Scholars returned to the arena to demonstrate the circassian circle before all onlookers were invited to join in. 

A big thank you is extended from the May Day committee to all those who help to make the May Day festival possible. 



Old Scholars


M Marsom

Past May Queens

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

The passage of time has reduced the quality of some of the older shots, but most of the participants are readily recognisable.


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