Broadwas School - Maypole Dancing

Really nice to have this photo, from the Knightwick & Doddenham, C.E. School, 1888, Black Box. [Many thanks to Adrian and Karin Dunn]

This box is kept safe for posperity, by the owners of Knightwick School, Adrian and Karin Dunn, who kindly invited me to look through the records and to take photos, 27-09-2022.

Here the children at Broadwas School, are lining up and getting ready to take the Maypole ribbons and begin the dance.

The Maypole dance, is a ceremonial folk dance performed around a tall pole, garlanded with greenery or flowers, and often hung with ribbons that are woven into complex patterns by the dancers. Such dances are survivals of ancient dances, around a living tree, as part of spring rites to ensure fertility. Typically performed on the 1st of May [MayDay].

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