PICTURES: Crowds enjoyed annual Hayfield May Queen celebrations

The Hayfield Sheepdog Trials float
The Hayfield Sheepdog Trials float

The crowds ‘rolled up’ for Hayfield May Queen celebrations which saw the whole village get behind the circus theme for the day.

The sun shone as the royalty were crowned and hundreds lined the streets for the parade.

The longest running May Queen festivities in the country turned 91 on Saturday and a new committee was at the helm keeping the tradition alive.

Maureen Spiers, the new chairman, said: “Wow such a fantastic day.

“We saw some great costumes, floats, decorated homes and shops. Thank you to everyone who supported us.”

Hayfield was the place to be as not only did Lilia Wild become the new May Queen but it was the first official visit for the new mayor of the High Peak Councillor Linda Grooby,

Firm festival favourites, Bill Weston’s famous Billerettes performed in the parade and in the arena.

Bill and his team have said that the Hayfield parade is one of their favourite events of the year and they all look forward to it, as the village once again had such a warm and welcoming feel.

Maureen added: “Hayfield has shown a great community spirit and everyone has been so supportive.

“Hopefully this will ensure that the May Queen festival will continue to be successful, enabling greater contributions to local charities.
“The committee have worked so hard, but we survived.”

More events are planned throughout the week including a pet show, children’s disco and fell race. On Sunday, May 20 there will be a quiz and the Grand Prize raffle will also be drawn then.