Iron Acton prepres to mark May Day
PLANS are well underway for Iron Acton’s traditional May Day celebrations.
A May Queen, May King and their entourage will process through the village and children from the village school will dance around the maypole when the community marks May Day on the bank holiday this year.
Iron Acton is one of the few places in the whole of the South West that continues to celebrate May Day by following English traditions and using a permanently-sited maypole. The event in has been held annually for many years and takes a team of volunteers many months to plan.
The day always starts with the procession accompanied by the Westerleigh Brass Band. The maypole dancing follows in the show ring, with the subsequent displays mixing in traditional and contemporary flavours, including Tae-kwon Do, dog agility, dancing and singing.
Annie King has been on the event’s organising team for nine years and she also teaches maypole dancing to the children from Iron Acton primary school.
She said: “The children always amaze me and it is a pleasure to teach them.
“There is certainly nothing better than watching all the dancing and other acts whilst sitting on a hay bale eating and drinking the fine fare available.”
There’s a wide variety of refreshments, traditional fairground rides, vintage tractors and vehicles, and stalls selling craft and gifts.
The celebrations take place on Monday 6 May from 10.30am to 4pm.