Ickwell May Day

May Day will be held on Monday 7th May 2018
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Fiona Sutherland

Photography by Nadine

This year’s May Queen, who all be crowned on Ickwell Green on 7th May is 14-year-old Fiona Sutherland from Upper Caldecote. Fiona will be supported by Lucy Bryant, who will present the garland, and Madeline Doughty, who will present the sceptre. Her two other attendants will be Murran White and Ellen Oakins.
It will be a real family affair for Fiona, who has danced round the maypole every year since she was five, as once she has been crowned as May Queen she will watch her mum, aunt and grandad dancing with the Old Scholars and her younger cousins in the country and morris dancing.
Fiona, who attends Bedford girls school is a keen musician, playing both the viola and recorder and loves dancing ballet, tap and modern. She says: “I am honoured and excited to have been chosen to be this year’s May Queen and am really looking forward to taking part in this age-old tradition, following in my Mum’s and sister’s footsteps. 
The May Day festival will start with the procession of dancers gathering in the grounds of the Crown Public House, Northill at 1 pm and travelling from Northill to Ickwell led by the Bedford Morris Men, before the crowning of the May Queen and dancing round the maypole takes place. The May Queen will be presented with a garland, sceptre and crown, all decorated with flowers, and will be given a locket by former May Queen – Gemma Foster, who was May Queen in 1997 – as a remembrance of the day.

The crowning ceremony is followed by a spectacular display of dancing, and just over the road are stalls and sideshows for visitors to enjoy as well as excellent refreshments including home-made cakes in the village hall. If you stay to the end of the dancing in the arena, you can take part and have a dance around the maypole too!

There’s plenty of free parking both at Ickwell and between Ickwell and Northill, so it’s easy to come and enjoy the day.


Old Scholars


M Marsom

Past May Queens

The photo gallery page includes archival photographs of most of the past May Queens going back to 1911.

The passage of time has reduced the quality of some of the older shots, but most of the participants are readily recognisable.


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