Oldest primary school in Kent holds traditional May fair celebrations

PUBLISHED: 16:04 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:04 16 May 2016

Traditional maypole dancing will follow the crowning of the May Queen

Traditional maypole dancing will follow the crowning of the May Queen


Traditional maypole dancing took place at the event

The oldest primary school in Kent has held a traditional May fair, with dancing and the crowning of a May Queen.

Sedley’s Church of England Primary School, established in 1638, held a parade from Broadditch Farm to the fair at Southfleet Village Field on Saturday (May 14).

At noon, the May Queen was crowned by the previous year’s winner and there was maypole dancing in traditional costume.

School administrator Sharon Moore said the event was ‘quite unique’ as the emphasis was very much on old-fashioned traditions rather than craft fairs.

Headteacher Alison Coppitters added: “We are pround of our history and having the May fair is a way of celebrating old-fashioned traditions. It is the epitome of a country fair.

“We always have lots of children wanting to take part in maypole dancing and it is almost seen as a rite of passage.”

Activities at the May fair included pony rides, craft stalls, face painting, afternoon tea, a barbecue and a traditional sing along in the afternoon.

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