Iron Acton May Day celebrations pull in the crowds

May 08 2019
Iron Acton May Day celebrations pull in the crowds

COLD weather didn’t deter the crowds who turned out to celebrate May Day in the village of Iron Acton.

The community is one of only a few in the South West which still holds a traditional English festival and hundreds turned out for the event.

Tracey Byrne, who is on the organising team, said: “The weather was much colder than last year but it did not stop the crowds coming and enjoying the day.”

The celebrations opened with the crowning of the village’s May Day royal party, above: May Queen Rosie Wright, May King Dan Mora, page Evan Hampson and attendants Sophie Millar and Mia Rushent.

Tracey said: “The children looked fabulous in all their finery. Eileen Hughes, a long standing member of the village honoured the children.”

The event featured maypole dancing from the children of Iron Acton Primary School, followed by a modern dance display by local dance school ROKH and singing from Junior Fascinating Rhythm. Children from North Road Primary School in Yate then took their turn to dance around the maypole: the village is unusual in having a permanently-sited maypole for children to dance around.

There were also all kinds of events in the show ring, from hand bell ringing to a Tae-kwon-Do display, marching by the Yate Air Cadets and line dancing.

Tracey said: "The turnout for the day was amazing. Stalls selling local wares and crafts were continuously busy and the fairground rides entertained all. Both the food stalls serving hot food and the ice cream sellers were kept busy all day. It closed with music from local band The Lazy Tourist. It was a fitting end to a wonderful day.”

Prior to the event it had looked as though there might be complications as a group of travellers had arrived on the village green. But fortunately, the group moved on after being given notice, and a clean-up took place to get the site ready for the May Day event.