Sun shone over a great May Day with fun traditional dancing

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Bexhill Old Town’s May Day celebrations were held under a surprisingly sunny sky and the organisers know they were lucky with the weather.

The forecast had been gloomy but on Bank Holiday the wind and rain stayed away and everyone in Barrack Hall park stayed for hours of fun, rides, dancing, and music, courtesy of Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society.

BOTPS organiser Pauline Bullock said: “It was a good day, a lot of people were there and there was a great atmosphere. Lots of families were sitting having picnics and the children were all so good, just running round enjoying themselves.” The event begins with the crowning of the new May Court - the queen, princesses and chimney sweep - and they are then traditionally taken around Bexhill town centre in splendour by a little horse and cart. Unfortunately this was not available on Monday but by chance the court was able to be ferried around in a stylish vintage Austin car which proved equally dignified.

Pauline enjoyed the dancing displays by King Offa academy pupils led by Pat and Colin King, the Hooe Silver Band which played old favourites, and thought the climbing wall and carousel proved most popular with the young.

BOTPS chairman David Royston-Lee said: “I was amazed at the response from the public. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and everybody turned out, and we had wonderful comments such as it was “magnificent”, and I also overheard people saying ‘...and it was free!’ because with most events you come in, and if you want a ride or something you have to pay for it - but with this everything was free.”