Emma’s joy to be new May Queen

NMAC12-0329-2  Emma Knight the Wellow May Queen for 2012
NMAC12-0329-2 Emma Knight the Wellow May Queen for 2012

WELLOW’S new May Queen will be crowned in June this year as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations move the bank holiday forward.

The last time this happened was for Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee - but whatever the month it promises to be a nostalgic day to remember for Emma Knight.

Fourteen-year-old Emma, who attends Southwell’s Minster School and lives in Farnsfield, is looking forward to the event with excitement.

“I was over the moon when I was told and burst into tears,” said Emma, who has been dancing at the event for more than seven years.

“I’m so proud to be taking part and being crowned during a very special year of the Diamond Jubilee.”

Emma has already been dress shopping for the occasion with her mum, Sarah.

“I am really looking forward to the day and feel proud to play a part in what is such an English event,” added Emma.

The May Queen is decided following a secret ballot with all villagers, aged seven and over, allowed to vote.

Emma will be crowned during the celebrations on Monday 4th June by retiring May Queen Eleanore Leigh and helped throughout the day by her Maids of Honour, Lottie Hayes and Evie McCool.

Wellow had a new Maypole erected last year but children have been dancing on the village green since the early 1800s.

Janet Carr, treasurer of the Maypole Committee, said the celebrations this year will have a nostalgia theme highlighting the past 60 years.

“We have some special entertainment planned including live music, as well as rides, craft stalls and, of course, the Maypole dancing.”