Pupils prepare for Maypole dancing on the square

Sharow School pupils get in place to begin one of their Maypole dances.  (120425M3d)
Sharow School pupils get in place to begin one of their Maypole dances. (120425M3d)

Children from Sharow School have been putting the finishing touches to their Maypole dance routines before a big performance on Ripon market square next week.

The 23 members of Class 3 will be dancing on the square on Tuesday, May 1, from 1 - 3pm, following a request from the Ripon Jubilee 2012 Working Party which has been devising a programme of events to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Freeman and former Mayor of Ripon, John Richmond, of the working party, said: “I think it is fantastic the school has taken on the Maypole dancing.”

He also revealed when the decision to have Maypole dancing was first mooted at a working party meeting, its members faced one obstacle.

“I looked to me that it would all fall through because there was no Maypole,” he said.

Determined to save the event, Mr Richmond contacted some local businesses who stepped forward to save the day by enabling the Maypole to be built in just four days to allow rehearsals at Sharow School to begin.

He said: “Ripon Race Company gave a flagpole to create the Maypole, K A Anderson (Metal Recyclers) on Dallamires Lane donated a massive lump of steel that formed the base, and specialist engineer Tim Harrison on Hutton Bank did all the welding and assembly.

“Without these three Ripon stalwarts, there wouldn’t be a Maypole.”

l The Ripon Jubilee 2012 Working Party is still seeking volunteer judges for its 1950s fashion competition taking place on the market square on Monday, June 4, when the city celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It also needs more judges for its go-kart bogie races taking place the same day. Anyone who can help is asked to contact John Richmond on 01765 607364.