Corpusty school children enjoy May Day celebrations

Corpusty Primary "May Queens" Mille Morris, Betty Booker and Lucy Phelps looking over the school gat

Corpusty Primary "May Queens" Mille Morris, Betty Booker and Lucy Phelps looking over the school gate, which was decorated with foliage, flowers and ribbons as part of the school's traditional May Day celebrations. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Youngsters at Corpusty Primary School marked the coming of summer with maypole dancing, in a village tradition stretching back to the late 1800s.

As part of their annual May Day celebration, a team Key Stage 2 volunteers dressed as May Kings and Queens and Green Men, before entertaining their fellow pupils with a series of dances choreographed by Corpusty Primary Friends group member Lindsey Smith.

The dance was repeated in the afternoon for parents and local people, with the whole school joining in a folk dance entitled the Patty Cake Polka.

The school railings were decked with foliage and ribbons, with an arch of spring flowers stretching over the main gate.

Head teacher Pam Thompson said the May Day celebrations could be traced back to 1880, when the school was built.


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'The children just love it,' she added. 'Every year I wonder if the older ones will still want to dance, but they just can't wait to sign up.'

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