May Queen waits for another year!

by | 4 July 2021 | Community Event, Sherwood

The last Monday in May would normally have been an extremely busy day in Wellow as the village usually celebrates its annual Maypole Celebrations on the Late Spring Bank Holiday. Sadly, for the second year running, Maypole Day was again cancelled due to the coronavirus situation.
Undeterred, members of Wellow Maypole Committee past and present, gathered for a socially distanced afternoon tea on the Maypole Green to mark the day. An extra delight was the surprise appearance of local musician Tony Wade, with his Elizabethan pipe and tabor and a harmonium, to give an impromptu concert of English folk tunes by the maypole. He entertained the gathering (and the customers outside the nearby Red Lion) for half an hour, before a photo call with the May Queen elect, Ellie Wilson.
Ellie has now been patiently waiting to be crowned May Queen for two years, and so, together with the Maypole Committee, is keeping her fingers crossed that it will be third time lucky in 2022!
Wellow Maypole Day will be slightly different next year due to the planned national celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. The late Spring Bank Holiday is to be moved to be part of a long weekend of events between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th June. As a result, it is planned to hold Wellow Maypole Celebrations on Saturday 4th June when Ellie and Queen Elizabeth will both be celebrating their coronations – 75 years apart!
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