May Queen claims her crown

May Queen celebrations at Hastings Castle
May Queen celebrations at Hastings Castle

THE town crowned its May Queen on Sunday after a fun-filled, colourful spectacle at Hastings Castle.

In total 14 dancers aged between nine and 15 took part in the main dance before 15-year-old Alice Fletcher-Quinnel got the nod as this year’s queen.

The crowds were also entertained by Morris dancers and a talented troupe of French troubadours at the lunchtime event, while flower girls and attendants added to the magical May Day atmosphere.

Barry Jones, who has taken over as the event organiser, along with his wife Helen, said: “It was a fantastic day and the castle is such a spectacular setting.

“The weather was wonderful too - last year we had a last minute change of venue to St-Mary-in-the-Castle but this year it was a lovely day and the castle protected us from the wind.

“We are aiming to make it a family-orientated event and we had a fantastic response from parents.

“It is getting better and better and it is building up to become a big part of the Jack-in-the-Green.”

Meanwhile Lynda Wodehouse, from Dorking, was named Queen of the Castle after bidding for the title as part of last year’s Children in Need fundraiser. She keeps the honour for 12 months.

Mayor Kim Forward who was at the ceremony said: “Congratulations to our new May Queen who spoke so eloquently at the crowning - it was a lovely family occasion.

“We also had the Queen of Hastings Castle, she was very impressed by the proceedings and vowed to return to Hastings at the earliest opportunity.”