May Queen Festival fun

Hayfield May Queen parade, the pre school float
Hayfield May Queen parade, the pre school float

Celebrations will be held in Hayfield on Saturday, May 21 as part of the popular May Queen Festival.

Activities start at the Old School Field where there are 15 stalls this year and from 12.30pm there will be face painting. The street fun begins with Morris Dancers and a static Samba Band entertaining the crowd before the main parade at 1.30pm.

The A624 will be closed for approximately 15 minutes between 1.45pm 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 available to normal traffic during the parade.

This year’s festival theme is Children’s Books and the parade will include: Thornsett and New Mills Brass Bands, The Billerettes, the Northenden Pipe Band, The Brinnington Samba Band, the Urban Gypsies, Loud and Proud Cheerleaders, Dr Who characters, the Ginger Studios street dancers, Evade Martial Arts, and New Mills Gymnasts as well as local floats, fancy dress entrants and royalty from far and wide. Celebrations will continue on the Old School Field from around 2.15pm with Ella Ingham set to be crowned May Queen. There will be various stalls, refreshments and entertainment.