May Day revels return to Iron Acton

May 25 2022
May Day revels return to Iron Acton

TRADITIONAL May Day celebrations returned to Iron Acton after two years were lost to the pandemic.

The traditional celebration, with maypole dancing on the village green, draws hundreds of visitors but had to be cancelled in 2020 and last year due to covid restrictions.

This year it was back, with community organisations working together to prepare the procession of the May Queen, May King and their entourage from the Lamb Inn along the High Street to the green.  

As well as the fairground rides, stalls and art exhibition the central show ring included taekwondo and dog obedience displays, marching and several dance groups, including Morris. 

But none were more keenly anticipated than the maypole dancing by children of Iron Acton and North Road primary schools.

Iron Acton primary executive head teacher Mike Riches said: "This is the first time in three years that our children have had the chance to dance around the maypole and get involved in this important historic community event in the village.

"The children and their teachers prepared for weeks to demonstrate several different maypole dances and they pulled it off exceptionally well.

"They paused to show the patterns they had made whilst weaving in and out. They then turned around and unwound their ribbons all without a hitch!

"Hundreds of people came to watch the special event.

"There was also a demonstration from our taekwondo club, with leader Karen Parker.

The event raised money for local community organisations, St Peter's Hospice and the DEC  Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.