Traditional ceremony to celebrate May Festival

May queen and king Charlotte Alderson, seven, and Jack Knowles, seven, at the May Festival at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse.
May queen and king Charlotte Alderson, seven, and Jack Knowles, seven, at the May Festival at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse.

Pupils and families from St Andrew’s Infant School, Brighouse, have been celebrating their annual May festival.

The traditional ceremony started with a procession by the retinue and three cheers were given as the King Jack Knowles crowned Charlotte Alderson as the May Queen who were chosen by Year Two.

Children sing at the May Festival at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse.

Children sing at the May Festival at St Andrew's Infant School, Brighouse.

The cushion bearer for the event was Ellie Mortimer and the announcer was Oliver Roberts.

Children in each class vote for their attendants who form the retinue – this year was Layla Flynn and Harry Balaam (class one), Ruby Whalley and William Clegg (class two), Grace Wanklyn and Cameron Travers (class three), Louana Mitchell and Konner Andrews (class four), Joshua Rhodes and Gracie Northin (class five), and Rachel Pugh and Lee Stubbs (class six)

Head teacher Naomi Wood said it was the first time for some years that the festival had been held in May. “This is our first festival in May since the 1980s, when it was moved to June because of the Year 2 SATs tests. But every year we had the question – why are you doing maypole dancing in June? So this year we did it in May.”

She said: “Parents and friends were also entertained by our school choir, singing; Let’s Go Fly a Kite and the whole of Year 2 playing their recorders. We were then led into the playground and Year 2 performed their Maypole Dance.

“In the evening the school had a wonderful fund-raising event.”