This year’s Kintbury May Day royalty were pupils from Kintbury St Mary’s school: May Queen Sophie, May King Jamie and their attendants Eleanor and Sam. The predicted bad weather held off as the Kintbury pupils wove a riot of colourful ribbon dancing around the traditional maypole surrounded by a variety of stalls including the very popular coconut shy, duck shooting and a Year 6 class craft club stall.
In all, hundreds of children, parents and other villagers made the most of the sunshine. Cath Whittington, who led the organising team for the school PTA said: “We are very proud to be continuing this village tradition for the benefit of the whole village whilst raising valuable funds for the school.”
Those paying homage to the May Day Royalty included Kintbury May Maids, Maypole Dancers The Garston Gallopers and a resurrected Green Man! More than 150 years after a Green Man was last spotted at Kintbury May Day Celebrations, Kintbury resident Sam Wimbridge revived the pagan tradition at this year’s festivities.
History enthusiast Sam, a former pupil of Kintbury St. Mary’s school, looked into the history of the Green Man and spent a day putting together an outfit adorned with branches and leaves and decorating his face green.
“It’s good to be bringing old traditions back,” said the 19-year-old Sparsholt College student.