Bromley embraces village traditions as May Queens crowned across borough

Hayes May Queens Jemima Boardman, 11, was crowned alongside Hayes Village May Queen Victoria Carrick, 14, and Hayes Common May Queen Amelia Waterton, 10. BR75605

Chislehurst May Queen Elise Bradley, 14, oversees her court at the 90th crowning event for Chislehurst. BR75673

Downe May Queen Alice Keech (off-centre with a crown of daisies) takes over the ceremonial duties from retiring queen Jaime Herd in front of the rest of the court and the 2427 RAF Cadets (Biggin Hill) band

Petts Wood May Queen Katherine Madder and her prince Katie Sanders, both aged 10

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ANCIENT rituals are alive and well in Bromley as girls have been crowned as May Queens across the borough.

After crowning ceremonies they held court in their parishes while traditional entertainment including maypole dancing took place.

And they got an opportunity to meet their subjects on parades through the streets which were lined by well-wishers.

This year crowning ceremonies, which traditionally mark the start of spring, took place in Hayes, Petts Wood, Downe, Chislehurst and Green Street Green.

May Queen celebrations have been carried out in England for at least 200 years and this year Chislehurst held its 90th event.

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10:11am Wed 8 May 13

Tonic says...

Why no mention of Orpington May Queen? Nicole Peppiatt was crowned in the Priory Gardens last Saturday, May 4, in a ceremony attended by the Deputy Mayor.
Why no mention of Orpington May Queen? Nicole Peppiatt was crowned in the Priory Gardens last Saturday, May 4, in a ceremony attended by the Deputy Mayor. Tonic
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9:42pm Wed 8 May 13

suejon says...

why no pictures of petts wood may queen they were right outside their offices on monday
why no pictures of petts wood may queen they were right outside their offices on monday suejon
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