Heroes and villains theme for May Queen

Heroes and villains will be coming to Hayfield this weekend as the village holds its annual May Queen festival.

The festivities for the 86th annual festival get underway on Saturday May 18 with activities on the old school field, where there will be the annual fair, as well as a large inflatable assault course. Morris dancers will entertain the crowds before the main parade.

The procession, which winds its way through the village, starts at 1.30pm from Market Street. Spectators will be able to enjoy a wide range of colourful floats and foot characters based around this year’s theme.

This year’s parade includes the Thornsett Brass Band, New Mills Brass band, the ever-popular Billerettes, the Northenden Pipe Band, the Brinnington Samba Band, the Urban Gypsies, the Apollo Arts Samba experience and a display of super cars.

After the parade, the fun continues on the old school field, and will include the crowning of the 2013 royalty, Queen Sheridan Lomas, Princess Poppy Paton and Rosebud Amber Cuthbert.

Other festivities taking place during May Queen week include a service at St Matthew’s Church on Sunday May 19 at 6pm, a visit to the fair by the May Queen and Royalty on Monday May 20 and a pet show on the May Queen Field at 6pm on Wednesday May 22.