Maypole dancing at traditional May Day celebrations in South Yorkshire

The kids danced round the Maypole behind the chapel
The kids danced round the Maypole behind the chapel
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Memories of traditional May Day celebrations were brought alive in a South Yorkshire village.

A May Queen Flower Festival, which celebrated May Queens and Captains of the past, was held at Wales and Kiveton Methodist church.

There vwere plenty of May Day items on display

There vwere plenty of May Day items on display

The ancient tradition used to be a regular feature on the calendar for residents, who took part in the event every spring from 1946 to 2010.

Villagers decided to hold a special event to remember the event and celebrate the community.

Old photographs of May Queens were put on display alongside other memorabilia including dresses and flowers.

The village’s maypole was also dusted down and used for traditional dancing – the first time in many years. The area’s oldest surviving May King and Queen, Roy Staniforth and Jean Bohannon, also attended.

The oldest surviving May King & Queen Roy Staniforth MBE and Jean Bohannon

The oldest surviving May King & Queen Roy Staniforth MBE and Jean Bohannon

Rachel Habergham, who helped to organise the event, said: “It used to be a traditional event welcoming in spring and in this chapel ran from 1946 to 2010. It was organised throughout by a lady called Freda Staniforth, who unfortunately died last year, so it seemed an appropriate time to remember everything she did.”

Spring displays created by community groups were on show and youngsters took part in an art competition.