A Reminder – Early May Bank Holiday (May Day)

The May Day Bank Holiday means we will be closed on Monday 2nd May, so any orders received after 3pm on Friday 29th April will not be processed until Tuesday 3rd May. Please be aware of the extra day on your delivery schedules as many carriers will be off that day too.

It’s always been the first Monday in May and traditionally marks the beginning of Summer (The Festival of Flora, Roman goddess of fruit and flowers) officially Summer doesn’t begin until June but that never stopped the Romans from throwing a party.

If you travel the leafy highways and byways of Britain this weekend, you may see some strange sights associated with this celebration including the most reclusive and shy creature, The Greater Bearded Morris Dancer. Once a year, these unusual creatures come together in their bid to find a Real Ale and ploughman’s lunch and perform the once seen, never forgotten, Morris Dance.

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Even rarer is the now almost extinct Maypole Dancer, once a staple of every village green, on this day, the Maypole Dancer would perform the Pole Dance with others of it’s kind to pay homage to Flora and other summer spirits (or wines, they are not that fussy apparently)

This photo captures these super rare creatures in action.

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Many Villages have their own May Day celebrations, my own village of Stilton has it’s Cheese Rolling (where teams of normally sane people chase a wooden cheese down a hill) there are normal attractions as well, such as food stalls and local crafts.

That’s how my Holiday Monday will be spent, watching teams of normally sane people chase a wooden cheese down a hill and eating overpriced hotdogs. See you all on Tuesday.

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