VIDEO: Sunshine and fun at Kingsway Park as residents celebrate May Day

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The sun shone on Kirkby’s Kingsway Park as residents turned out for the annual May Day bank holiday celebrations.

Youngsters from the town’s Morvern Park Primary School launched the event with a samba parade from the Festival Hall to Kingsway Park, while pupils from Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School led the maypole and Morris dancing.

The event, organised by Ashfield District Council, had an environmental theme and attracted a record number of visitors.

John Tattersfield, who is arts development officer at the council, said: “It was very popular. It’s exceeded our records of attendance - we had somewhere between 1,250 and 1,500.

“There were a number of craft events that were suitable for families - it was a very family focused event.”

During the day, people were able to have a go at willow weaving, making bonnets and May crowns, play musical instruments and find out about different voluntary organisations in the area such as Notts Wildlife Trust, Home Start Ashfield and the RSPB.