On the 5th May 2008, rain could not stop the ancient ceremony of crowing the May Queen at Bridport's Mountfield Green May Fair. (see previous blog entry Green is colour for town May Fair )
It was all smiles as this years May Queen, Tilly Boulay led the procession of young dancers with her two ladies in waiting, Tara Grinter and Esme Gubbins close to hand. True to custom, pretty Tilly was dressed in white and carrying a posy of flowers and was crowned with a lovely floral crown by Mrs Pamela Seaton, the Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset.
After the crowing ceremony the new May Queen led her subjects to the arena where the maypole was set up and altogether the children performed a couple of pretty ribbon dances. It was a traditional performance which was enjoyed by a very large audience. Dancing around the maypole is an ancient fertility rite performed to welcome the return of summer, while the May Queen is meant to represent Flora - the goddess of flowers.