THERE were jiving lessons as well as Maypole dancing at the traditional May Day festivities on Eaton Socon Village Green organised by the Eatons Community Association. Hundreds of people enjoyed the Maypole dancing and sweeps and milkmaids Dances by Hea

New queen Emma Black

THERE were jiving lessons as well as Maypole dancing at the traditional May Day festivities on Eaton Socon Village Green organised by the Eatons Community Association.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the Maypole dancing and sweeps and milkmaids Dances' by Heartsease Folk dancers, twirling by the Majestic Majorettes, jiving with Sarah White's Jive Group and the band Group Therapy.

The village lock up, a jail going back more than 100 years, was also open in School Lane, but this time the "prisoners" were allowed in and out.

The retiring May Queen, Marta Ferreira, presented the crown and sash to the new queen Emma Black, and tiaras and sashes to the two princesses, Hannah Bygraves and Ashleigh Clarke.

Emma then presented the Marta with a locket. The competition for the Queen of the May had been held at Crosshall School.

The Community Cup was presented by last year's winner, Sue Williams to Joan Foley, chairman and Treasurer of the Pightle Millennium Trust, which manages the six acre field of wild flora and fauna in Eaton Socon.

The association thanked Posy Bowl of Eaton Ford for the flowers, Jean Searle for the dresses, Endersby Engraving for the engraving of the Community Cup, compere, Colin Jackson, St Mary's Church for the use of the church over the weekend, members of the St Neots Local History Club for their help, the Red Cross and other volunteers.