Knutsford Market Hall has nominated the town’s Royal May Day festival as its community project for 2019.
Owned and managed by Knutsford Town Council, Knutsford Market Hall has been on Silk Mill Street since 1964.
Jonty Page, who runs Jonty’s Fruit and Veg Stall explained why the immensely popular spectacle is so important to him.
He commented: “May Day weekend for me as a boy was a very magical time.
“I would always be up earlier on May Day to watch the sand artists create their pictures and artwork; I couldn’t wait for the procession to start and my heart would beat in anticipation.
“It always seemed sunny and warm and everyone had big smiles on their faces.
“I simply can’t thank the people enough who put on this spectacular event. It’s absolutely brilliant and I’m delighted to be able to support it in this way.”
Jane Smyth of Style Loft Boutique also has a reason close to her heart for supporting the Knutsford Royal May Day this year: “My son, Harry is taking part in the procession for the first time and I can’t wait to watch him.
“It’s a wonderful tradition and one that I’m immensely proud to support.”
Knutsford Market Hall has a number of fundraising events coming up, the first of which is a ‘Win the Market’ raffle featuring prizes donated by the traders.
Tickets can be purchased from any of the stalls and the draw will be made on Friday 3rd May.
A separate raffle is also taking place at Knutsford Market Hall’s inaugural Supper Club on Thursday 25th April.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Market Hall, both financially and by raising awareness of our cause,” commented Eileen Podmore, secretary of the Knutsford Royal May Day committee.
“We are in desperate need of new costumes and any money raised will help us to breathe new life into the procession.”
Eileen added: “All too often we are overlooked in favour of the bigger, national charities that are able to put on large-scale fundraisers.
“It’s amazing to think that our annual festival touches the lives of so many people in the town and it’s thanks to the support of local organisations and businesses that we are able to keep our own very special piece of history going year after year.”
The committee will also have a pop-up stall in the market from which they can sell programmes during the run-up to May Day, which this year falls on Saturday 4th May.
Knutsford Royal May Day can trace its roots back to 1864 when Sarah Annie Pollitt was crowned as the first May Queen.
The festival gained royal status in 1887 when the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the town and watched the crowning of the Royal May Queen. Following the ceremony, the prince bestowed the royal prefix to the festival’s title.
Organised entirely by volunteers, the May Day Festival takes place on the first Saturday in May and involves more than 500 children each year.