May Day began in its modern form in around 1875 and the celebrations have only before been cancelled during the time of the two world wars. Sadly, this year we won’t be able to “Dance and skip and sing” round the Maypole in The Park but we will have a special treat for you from the children and request that you help us celebrate!
Our May Queen this year is Libby G. She would have been crowned by Zara H, received her garland from Isla L and her sceptre from Sadie J. Dylan C (Captain of the Band) and Jowan M (Captain of the Guard) would have ably protected her. Before school was closed, these amazing children sang in their classes some of the songs from the ceremony, which were recorded and will be available on May Day - now returned to its rightful day of May 1st.
We have also asked Radio Scilly (now called Islands FM) to play them so the whole island community can listen and sing along - from wherever they are in the world!
To help us celebrate, we are asking that on the day you have a little May Day tea. This usually includes a sandwich, scones and other small treats. On Scilly, you may already have teddies in your window for the children to spot. Would you like to dress them up for May Day and decorate with a flower or two? Children might like to dress up in MayDay clothes; bridesmaid’s dresses; their “Sunday best” or party clothes for their daily exercise? Anything goes! We know that there will be some beautiful chalk flowers for walkers across the islands to admire, thanks very much to our community partners and friends.
It would be lovely to see your photographs and see just how far round the world this old tradition can travel! (We would love to produce a photo montage of this year’s May Day to show how we kept our island tradition very much alive, albeit socially distanced, for posterity.)
Let’s make this a fun day for the children to remember. And don’t forget… there’s never any school work done in the afternoon of May Day!
Moira and Sara