May Day May Day - fun for Old Town

May Day event at Barrack Hall Park, Bexhill Old Town 2013. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
May Day event at Barrack Hall Park, Bexhill Old Town 2013. Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
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Don’t forget a picnic or your sunscreen and here’s hoping for leisurely sunshine-filled hours of fun at Bexhill Old Town this bank holiday.

The traditional May Day celebration has become a firm favourite with families who can expect amusement, activity, games, refreshment, and all the outdoor joys of Spring at its best.

May Day event at Barrack Hall Park, Bexhill Old Town.'06.05.13.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Entertainer Andy Bosco doing balloon tricks ENGSUS00120130705073943

May Day event at Barrack Hall Park, Bexhill Old Town.'06.05.13.'Picture by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Entertainer Andy Bosco doing balloon tricks ENGSUS00120130705073943

This free event is sponsored by Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society and this is its tenth year.

There will be Maypole dancing, Furry Friends, children’s games, a carousel, climbing wall and old favourite tunes at lunchtime from the Hooe Silver Band.

It will include entertainment from Bosco the Clown all day with his magic blend of tricks and circus skills.

There will also be a gyroscope and target football, both of which are expected to be popular attractions, as well as an old-school coconut shy and stress-busting crockery smashing.

The fun day is in Barrack Hall Park which provides a perfect safe setting with plenty of space to run around and the idea is that children can spend their time doing exactly what they want.

Refreshments will be available such as burgers and ice-cream but it is also advised to take a picnic and settle in for the duration.

The event always begins with the crowning of the May Queen, her two princesses and a Chimney Sweep.

To register for this it is essential to make your application at 9.45am and judging for the May Court will begin at 10.15am.

The May Queen will be crowned and they will all then enjoy the treat of a trip around Bexhill in a stylish horse-drawn carriage.

To enter a child should be aged 7-11 and also be able to help Father Christmas later on in the year at the Old Town Christmas Festival on December 6/7, as well as attending other charities during the year. Call 01424 732642 for a form, or 211711.

For organiser Pauline Bullock the Maypole dancing by pupils from King Offa academy primary school led by Pat and Colin King is a particular favourite. She commented: “This is put on by Old Town Preservation Society and we do it to try and make people aware that the Old Town is there, to get them to come up and see, maybe visit the church and have a cup of tea. It is to show what the community can do.”