NOSTALGIA: Right Royal welcome for Queen Jane

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Flore House was the setting for the crowning of the village’s 74th May queen, more than 40 years ago.

In this photograph captured by Pete Spencer is 11-year-old queen Jane Johnson, who can be seen in the centre of the back row, surrounded by her fellow school pupils.

Before the crowning Jane led a procession along with her fellow schoolmates through the village, as she showed off her pretty May garland.

The crowd of villagers who came to watch the display were entertained by a school percussion band and some traditional Maypole dancing.

These were all part of a typical May Day ceremony in the village of Flore, a ritual also shared by Long Buckby where six-year-old Joanne Tilley was crowned their May queen. Headmaster Mr R Garrett was conducting his first May Day ceremony in Flore.

He said: “I was very impressed by the standard of the children’s dancing and the ideal situation which the village can offer such a ceremony.

The festivities raised £18 which was divided between the school fund and various children’s charities.