FRIENDS of Halstead Public Gardens would like to thank you all for coming and taking part in our May Day celebrations.

We really appreciate your support and hope your organisations, charity, pre-school or school, had a successful day.

All the visitors to our beautiful Public Gardens enjoyed the fantastic Maypole dancing by Richard de Clare Academy and Holy Trinity School, the band from Ramsey Academy and the wonderful singing by Halstead Community Choir and Exaltation Gospel Choir.

Classic cars and motorbikes on the picnic area proved a big hit too, and so a big thank you to the owners who kindly exhibited their wonderful vehicles.

Each year, May Day gets better and better, and although the rain did threaten a few times on Monday it didn’t spoil anyone’s day.

We would like to especially thank Millie Rooney from Lipstick and Locks for donating her time and making our May Day queen and princesses feel extra special.

The hair and make-up is a real treat for the girls! One of the highlights of the day for them is also their arrival in a limousine, kindly donated by Daniel Robinson and sons and driven with such care by Adrian. Thank you all so much.

Without such generosity, this event could not take place.

Neither would the afternoon be the same without Jim Davis, our master of ceremonies, keeping the performers to programme, whilst visiting every stall, ensuring everyone knew what was going on.

Thank you, Jim you did an incredible job, and we are very grateful!

Finally, it has become somewhat of a tradition that Halstead Templars RFC finish the afternoon off with a tug-of-war.

Again, an event appreciated and enjoyed by the crowd!

Once again thank you and we look forward to seeing you next year

Linda Hilton