Picture Gallery: Heyshott revives traditional celebrations

HEYSHOTT successfully revived its traditional May Day celebrations.

The small village came alive with its traditional May Day event.

May pole dancing

May pole dancing

Laura Parry, chairman of the Heyhsott bonfire committee, said: “It was attended by more than 100 people, who were able to enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

“Children started the proceedings by dancing round the maypole, before Iona Hooley was crowned as Heyshott’s May queen. Iona, 15, stables 
her horse Barney in Heyshott, and felt ‘privileged’ to be chosen.

“In a 1946 MK6 open-topped Bentley, Iona and her attendants led the procession to the Cobden Hall, where they opened the teddy bears’ picnic.

“The sun shone, making it a perfect day for our Pimm’s party.

“There were old-fashioned games to be played and a beautiful set of stocks made especially for the event, for those brave few who had wet sponges thrown at them.

“The highlight of the day, was our just-for-fun dog show, with the fancy dress class being won by a bridal party with Anthea Philip as the groom and her dogs – Lilly, as the bride, and Hugo, as the vicar.

“A fun day was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year.”

The bank holiday May Day revival raised funds for Heyshott bonfire.

Laura added: “Heyshott had not held a May Day in living memory.

“Our research has shown a May Day in 1912, when Gertrude Lovejoy was crowned May queen, but we cannot find any subsequent celebrations.”