Hayfield May Queens return for special 90th celebrations

Hayfield May Queen, Alice in Wonderland
Hayfield May Queen, Alice in Wonderland

More than 35 former Hayfield may queens returned to the village for a right royal knees-up to mark the event’s 90th anniversary.

The sun came out and crowns sparkled as old and young came together to celebrate the history of the country’s longest -running may queen event.

Organiser Zoe Wild said: “We wanted to do something special because for 90 years the community has come together. So many people have memories of the day, we thought it would be nice to invite the older queens back.

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“It was tough because the former queens have moved away, some as far as Canada, Australia and Scotland, and some have changed their names. But seeing the different generations together was a real highlight of the day for me.”

The village turned out to welcome the royalty, and for those who could not walk in the parade a vintage bus was laid on to allow them to be part of the celebrations.

Zoe said: “The former queens had a lovely day and they said how much the day had changed and got bigger since they held the crown.

“We had dancing on the field and kit cars and Lightning McQueen also made a visit.

“Over the years we have tried to attract more people to keep it going and now it is a really big event, which it wasn’t in their day.”

Another change this year was the introduction of a king and prince to the royalty.

Zoe, a former queen herself, said: “As the event has got bigger there have been less opportunities for boys to take part. After the positive reaction it has had, we see that the young boys want to be part of this long-standing tradition.”