Crowning Glory

May Day 047Thursday 23 May saw the Annual Crowning of Geddington’s May Queen. It was a bright, glorious sunny afternoon – in between the heavy showers! And it was so, so cold!

In the morning, groups of children, in Victorian dress, presented bunches of May flowers to many of the older generation of the village. Their mothers had sent their children into school with so many flowers that it was possible to make over 170 bunches.  Each presentation was accompanied by the May Song and their best wishes for a Happy May Day.

May Day 023After lunch, a church service was held for the school and then the May Queen, her consort and attendants paraded down to the Eleanor Cross, followed by the whole school, still in costume.

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May Day 028The May Queen was Grace Brown and her consort was Sam Parker, they were accompanied by two children – one male, one female – from each class.

The crowning was performed by Mrs Susan May Day 035Lovejoy, a former member of staff at the school. Afterwards she was presented with a lovely basket of flowers.

May Day 042Maypole dancing was next on the agenda, but first, it needed the usual support of three sturdy and reliable boys.  The familiar May Day dancing was performed beatifully by all the participants.

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Next it was chairs back to school, and tea and biscuits for all of the staff, school governors and everyone who had helped to make the day go so well.

May Day 2 001Sue Spooner, Head Teacher, said: “It was an amazing day, we were so lucky with the weather. It didn’t rain until it had all finished. I’d like to thank all the mothers for sending so many flowers and for everyone who joined in with the Victorian theme by dressing up for the occasion.”

This thanks included Mr Jim Harker, chairman of the Governors, who said: “I had to raid my father’s wardrobe in Lyon’s Yard, and managed to find a very respectable 3-piece tweed suit.