Glasshouses

May Day Fete: Glasshouses' popular May Day celebrations were held on Bank Holiday Monday.

The fine but breezy weather held out as the children from Glasshouses Community Primary School took part in the procession of the May Queen, 11-year-old Freya Ferguson, which started the festivities. The main road through Glasshouses was closed as the procession made its way through the village, escorted by The Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band.

The recently-elected Mayor of Pateley Bridge, Coun Ian Skaife, crowned the May Queen and opened the fete.

The Mayor later said: “Glasshouses’ Mayday celebrations are important because they bring the village together and allow walkers and other visitors an insight into village life”.

The children from Year 2 to Year 6 danced around the Maypole.

Residents had a sneak preview as the children had been rehearsing the Maypole dancing for a couple of months. All the practise and effort they put in was evident on the day and all of the children were enthusiastic and high-spirited.

Spectators of all ages were encouraging and supportive; indeed one visitor to the village enjoying the event commented that this was the first May Queen she had ever seen and she took the opportunity to speak to her after the dancing.

The music to accompany the dancing was provided by Jean Appleton, Tony Martin and Sue Hickson.

May Queen, Freya said: “I am excited and nervous, and it was good when my brother Rowan had to bow to me”.

Freya’s Mum, Wendy, added: “Freya has been giddy and has enjoyed having her photograph taken with family members.”

She said Freya had enjoyed getting ready for the occasion and that lots of time and effort had gone into Freya’s hair style.

The May Queen’s attendants were Mia Davies and Alisha Mawer. Harry Yates, Jacob Simmons and Alfie Davies-Varner were the Page Boys.

Broadbelt Hall had a steady trade throughout the afternoon as people queued to buy afternoon tea.

The village green played host to a number of stalls run by Glasshouses’ Village Association, Glasshouses’ PTA and local residents.

Children and parents enjoyed a range of activities including a bouncy castle, coconut shy, face painting, ‘catch a duck’ and sponge throwing. The Band entertained for the duration of the afternoon.

Lynn Tee, the headteacher of Glasshouses Community Primary School, said: “The children were wonderful; and it was a fantastic May Day.”