VIDEO: Annual Wellow Maypole celebrations attract the crowds

The annual Wellow Maypole celebrations have been hailed a roaring success after the crowds turned out in big numbers to enjoy plenty of fun-filled activities and glorious sunshine.

Families turned out in their thousands to see the new May Queen crowned, the procession and a variety of May Pole dances.

Wellow Maypole celebrations.

Wellow Maypole celebrations.

Janet Carr, Maypole Committee spokesman, said it had been a brilliant day and the good weather had made all the difference.

“It has been a number of years since we had a really nice weather day for the celebrations,” said Janet.

“The Maypole Committee are all very tired now - it is a big event for a small village to put on. We had more than 2,000 people yesterday.

“We try and make it a traditional family event - where else can you go where it is free for the whole day? When you have children that makes a big difference.”

This year the event was opened by Wellow House School headteacher Peter Cook and outgoing may Queen, Emma Knight. Her successor was Evie McCool.

As well as the traditional procession and Maypole dances there was a variety of entertainment including dancing dogs, which performed to music and Punch and Judy.

There was music from Ollerton Town Drum Core and popular skiffle group Kick ‘n’ Rush.

For motoring fans there was a classic car show featuring a 1965 Midland Omnibus, a miniature steam engine and traditional swingboat rides for children.

With all the above going on hungry visitors’ appetites were filled with a hog roast and the ever popular cake stall.

Said Janet: “People buy for the day but also to take home with them too.”

She said the day was a roaring success and she looked forwards to the next event in a year’s time.