Olympic theme for May Queen

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Starting Olympic celebrations early will be the village of Hayfield who will hold their 85th May Queen Festival on Saturday.

The popular festival, the longest uninterrupted annual May Queen event in the UK, being held every year since 1928, will see crowds flocking to the village on May 19.

This year’s Festival theme is The Olympics, which can include Olympic Years and Olympic Cities.

Activities start on the Old School field where this year a big effort has been made to enhance the number of stalls – available to the public from 11am.

The street fun begins with Morris Dancers entertaining the crowd before the main parade commences at 1.30pm from Market Street.

The parade will include: The Thornsett and New Mills Brass Bands, The Billerettes, The Northenden Pipe band, The Brinnington Samba Band, Loud and Proud Cheerleaders, The High Peak Gymnasts, Evade Marshall Arts, The Buxton Scooter Club, The Robinson Brewery Dray and Rory the Lion as well as local floats, fancy dress entrants and May Queen Royalty from far and wide.

There will be some minor traffic disruption with the A624 closed for approximately 15 minutes between 1.45 and 2pm at the junctions between Church Street and New Mills Road.

The route of the parade, including Market Street, Church Street and New Mills Road to Hallam’s garage, will not be open to traffic during the parade (1.30pm until 2.15pm).

Festivities will continue on the field with the May Queen Ceremonies, stalls, refreshments, entertainment arena and prize-giving.

Events continue throughout the week and include a Pet Show on Wednesday, May 23, and a children’s disco and Fell Race on Friday May 25. For details see the festival programme.