The popular May Day Festival is returning to East Leake after a break of 4 years, and this one promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
As many of you may already know, this year’s May Day Festival has been altered slightly from its traditional 1st Monday in May to Friday 8th May. This is to coincide with the 75th ‘Victory of Europe’ (VE) day celebrations. So if there ever was an excuse to re-start the popular May Day event, a national party seemed like as good a reason as any.
The UK government hopes that the VE day celebrations will actually be a weekend long celebration starting on the Friday and they have employed a Pageant Master to coordinate Parish Coucil’s and organisations nationally in some coordinated events, including national church bells being rung at 3pm and toasts to the nation.
The East Leake Scouts will put on a traditional May Day event with games, local events, Maypole dancing, May Queen, food, local produce and more on Gotham Road Recreational Ground. They’re working on a few ideas at present to add to this popular format. The May Day Festival will then morph into a VE day celebration with the help of the Parish Council delivering music, food, drink and fun in coordination with the national celebration plans.
The Scouts will be contacting local organisations and businesses who may wish to be involved in the celebrations and with the Parish Council plan to put on a day to remember. Put the date in your diary and come to the festival on 8th May.