Aldborough marks 50 years of holding May Day celebrations

Imogen McMurray and her attendants with former May Queens.
Imogen McMurray and her attendants with former May Queens.

This year was a very special May Day for the village of Aldborough near Boroughbridge as it celebrated 50 years of staging the festive event.

The tradition was re-established by Mrs Atherley, wife of the last resident vicar of Aldborough, with the assistance of Dixon Stephinson – who sourced the Maypole in 1965 with the event going from strength to strength as the years have passed.

For five decades the village has proudly maintained the tradition of May Day and Maypole dancing.

This year’s May Queen was Imogen McMurray, a pupil at Marton Cum Grafton Primary School, who was crowned in front of a festive crowd on Sunday, May 10, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Boroughbridge and 20 of the past May Queens.

The May Queen and her attendants started the afternoon by being paraded around the village, arriving at the green where Imogen was crowned by last year’s May Queen Hannah Taylor.

Followed the ceremony there was a display of Maypole dancing.

The afternoon was filled with all the traditions of a village event – coconut shy, tombola, cakes, teas – plus bouncy castles, go-karting and bungee trampolining.

This year’s musical support was provided by the children of Queen Ethelburga’s College.

Organisers added that the village is always grateful for the support of Boroughbridge fire station and police.

This year’s nominated charity is Ripon Acorns, a parent-led community organisation sharing experiences of living and working with children with additional needs to bring positive change to the community.