Dancers celebrate as dawn breaks in Derbyshire on May Day.

Derbyshire dancers greet the dawn on May Day

An ancient ritual to mark the birth of a new summer has been staged in heart of Derbyshire's Peak District

May Day celebrations have been carried out in England for over 2,000 years. The Romans celebrated the festival of Flora, goddess of fruit and flowers, in May, which marked the beginning of summer. Many of the old customs celebrating new life and fertility survive to this day, including Morris dancing and dancing around the Maypole.

The tradition dates back thousands of years.
The tradition dates back thousands of years.
Rod Kirkpatrick
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Greeting the sunrise on what traditionally marks the start of summer
Greeting the sunrise on what traditionally marks the start of summer
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Members of Powderkegs Morris 'dance-up-the-dawn' to greet the May Day sunrise on top of Windgather Rocks in Derbyshire
Members of Powderkegs Morris 'dance-up-the-dawn' to greet the May Day sunrise on top of Windgather Rocks in Derbyshire
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The historic ritual sees them 'dance-up-the-dawn' to greet the May Day sunrise
The historic ritual sees them 'dance-up-the-dawn' to greet the May Day sunrise
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