The May Queen Festival is an annual event held in Slaidburn, on the Village Green by the banks of the
River Hodder, and in the Slaidburn Village Hall.
The first May Queen Festval was held in 1931 and is steeped in tradition.
It is an opportunity for each of the villages in the Hodder Valley, to take it in turn to select a May Queen
and their retinue from the primary school children.
This year it was Dunsop Bridge's turn to crown their May Queen!
What a glorious day we all had at this year's May Queen Festival! The sun was shining as the children from the retiring Newton-In-Bowland retinue and the incoming Dunsop Bridge retinue, patiently gathered outside St. Andrew's Church.
This year's May Queen is Daisy Royston from Dunsop Bridge
The May Queen was crowned by Jean Parkinson
The Crown Bearer was Chloe-Jessica Bannister-Hanley
The Train Bearer was Lily-Valentina Corvino
The Sword Bearer was Abbie Singleton
The retiring May Queen was Lilly Breaks from Newton-In-Bowland
The Train Bearer was Darcie Wilson
Starting with a wonderful service by Rev. Ian Greenhalgh, the resident year 6 school children from Brennand's Endowed Primary School were each given a dictionary by Mrs Anthea Hodson, to mark the end of their time at primary.
After the service, the talented Slaidburn Silver Band led the procession through Slaidburn, to Rock House where Mr and Mrs Kerry Hodson gave children from the local villages a monetary gift on behalf of the Slaidburn Estate.
The retiring May Queen Lilly Breaks and the incoming May Queen Daisy Royston led their retinues to Slaidburn Village Hall for the parade. Mrs Jean Parkinson proudly crowned Daisy Royston as this year's May Queen. Festivities continued with maypole dancing provided by both Brennand's Endowed Primary School and Waddington and West Bradford Primary School pupils.
In the relative calmness indoors, the Slaidburn Archive held a wonderful display of the May Queen throughout the years. Mrs Clare Hardcastle and Ms Megan Hardcastle had the honour of judging the children's competition to create a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The judges had a very hard job deciding the winners as the entries were so creative and admired by all.
The winning entries were:
Infants: 1st Prize: Bella McEntyre, 2nd Prize: Arya Ellam , 3rd Prize: Alice Parkinson
Juniors: 1st: James Duffield , 2nd Prize: Briony Du'Melow, 3rd Prize: Emily Pinder
Seniors: 1st Prize: Darcie Wilson , 2nd Prize: Sadie WIlson, 3rd Prize: Michael Pearson & Israf'il Ali
The 5-a-side football competition was won by Dunsop Bridge Football Club, with runners up being Brennand's Football Club. The incredibly competitive childrens and adult races then followed, ending the day with the messy egg catching.
Throughout the afternoon, the talented Slaidburn Silver Band continued to entertain everyone.
The May Queen Committee would like to thank all the many people whose fantastic efforts made the day such a success.
A brilliant day for the Hodder Valley!!!
Photographs of the 2022 festival...
What a glorious day we all had at this year's May Queen Festival! The sun was shining as the children
from the retiring Newton-In-Bowland retinue and the incoming Dunsop Bridge retinue, patiently
gathered outside St. Andrew's Church.