South Wiltshire village marks May Day with a change in tradition

South Wiltshire village marks May Day with a change in tradition

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:40am 1st May 2020. (Updated at 3:24pm 4th May 2020)

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Ansty normally makes a 'song and dance' about May 1st, but Covid-19 means they're doing things a little differently this year.

It's been tradition for centuries to mark May Day in Ansty, focussed on the Maypole - in fact, the village is one of the last places in the country that still upholds the ancient celebrations.

The events usually attract hundreds of people to see the crowning of the May Queen, morris dancing, music and stalls.

Ansty May Day 2020
A sign's been tied to the Ansty Maypole to mark the day

The coronavirus pandemic means the Parish Council has had to make a few alterations this year, but they were still keen to mark the occasion.

This morning (Friday 1st May), the event's been held 'symbolically'.

The Master of Ceremonies has tied a special garland around the Maypole with a sign, with flowers also being presented (with social distancing in place) to the May Queen.

Ansty May Day 2020
The garland being attached to the Ansty Maypole this morning


The honour for 2020's very special May Day events in Ansty is 10 year old Lottie Birch.

She goes to Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop School and has been a Maypole dancer since she was 6.

We're told she was 'so looking forward to being May Queen' this year, but will be invited to take part in the 2021 celebrations too.

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