May Queen crowned at Ford First School
Hugh Joicey First School in Ford held its traditional May Day celebrations in lovely weather on Friday.
Zuzanna Smigielska, the oldest pupil in the school, was crowned by chairman of governors Carol Douglas.
She wore a white gown to symbolise purity and a crown of flowers.
Attendants were Freya Higginson who carried the crown, Lloyd Kirsopp was the hobby horse and the shaker was Ashton Doherty.
The children held a procession around the village before the crowning took place on the village green, with many parents and local residents watching.
The youngsters then took part in Maypole dancing on the field, followed by juice and cake, which was provided by the school’s PTA.
In mythology, the May Queen is a symbol of the stillness of nature around which everything revolves. She stands for purity, strength and the potential for growth, as the plants grow in May. She is one of many personifications of the energy of the earth.