VIDEO: Crowds turn out for maypole celebrations

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Wet weather was not enough to keep the crowds away from the 200-year-old traditional Wellow Maypole celebrations this week.

Hundreds turned out for the annual bank-holiday festival which sees local youngsters weaving around the 65ft maypole, holding ribbons and dressed in traditional clothing.

Wellow Maypole celebrations.'Maypole dancing. The procession enter the Maypole arena.

Wellow Maypole celebrations.'Maypole dancing. The procession enter the Maypole arena.

The dancing was the climax to the day, as a full programme of events unfolded, including performances from the K9 Dancing Dogs, music duo Kick ‘n’ Rush, Rattlejag Morris dancers, Julz Dance School and the Ollerton Town Drum Corps.

Other entertainment included a Punch and Judy show, children’s swing boat rides, vintage vehicles, a traditional fairground organ, miniature steam engines, a static falconry display, and plenty of stalls.

There was also the crowning of the new May Queen, 13-year-old Eleanor Laughton, who was crowned by the outgoing queen, Evie McCool.

Wellow Maypole Committee member Janet Carr said: “It went very well, obviously the weather was not quite what we had hoped for but people are very loyal, they come and stay the whole day.

Wellow Maypole celebrations.'The chief mischief maker is apprehended and the crown returned to the May Queen.

Wellow Maypole celebrations.'The chief mischief maker is apprehended and the crown returned to the May Queen.

“It was light drizzle but it wasn’t cold and the turnout was good, so I don’t think it made that much difference.”

It is thought that the maypole celebration in Wellow date back to mid-1800s.