Crowds attracted to Barwick-in-Elmet maypole ceremony

The country's oldest maypole in regular use is again standing tall in West Yorkshire.

A crowd of thousands turned out to Barwick-in-Elmet to watch the annual maypole ceremony.

The 96ft pole at The Cross, in the centre of the ancient village, is lowered and raised every three years.

Monday was one of those days, and the pole was welcomed back by a special walking parade.

At the front were Boston Spa schoolgirls India Wilson and Holly Hurst who, for the day, were maypole queen and maid of honour.

After India was crowned queen, local schoolchidren performed a traditional maypole dance.

Four stunning garlands, crafted from 1,000 pieces of fabric, were hoisted up the pole, where they will stay for the next three years.

The pole has been given new red and blue stripes by wildlife artist Carl Whitfield and his wife, Kathleen.

Faye Burdett before (left) and after she contracted meningitis. Picture: Meningitis Now/PA Wire


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