Plenty for all the family at May Day celebrations

Traditional May Day celebrations in Eaton Socon.

Traditional May Day celebrations in Eaton Socon. - Credit: Archant

A community group in St Neots is gearing up for a weekend of traditional events to celebrate May Day.

The Eatons Community Association has put together events for all the family to enjoy over the bank holiday, starting with a local history exhibition at St Mary’s Church, in Eaton Socon.

This will include a ‘then and now’ photographic display and visitors can discover more about the area and how it has changed. There will also be information on the 1947 floods and some interesting facts on some of the town’s pubs.

Residents and anyone interested in family history will also be able to check out the Eaton Socon census, directories, churchyard and cemetery records, school registers and other archives.

Local historian Sue Jarrett, said: “We are always grateful to local people who have helped us to record the history of the Eatons and we encourage anyone with more information about life in the Eatons to let us know.

“If you wish to bring along photo-graphs or information about your family or events, please come along and help us to add to our information and for a future book.”

The traditional May Day celebrations will take place on May 1 on Eaton Socon Village Green, from midday till 4.30pm.

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There will be stalls on the green, swing boats and small fairground rides, a barbecue and raffle. The entertainment will include live music and at 2pm, the May Queen and

princesses will be crowned and Heartsease will continue the tradition of maypole dancing.

This will be followed by more entertainment from the Sentinels majorettes, several well-known local dance groups, and a line-dancing group where audience participation will be encouraged.

The much sought-after Eatons Community Cup will be awarded at 3pm and the grand raffle will be drawn just after 4pm.

The exhibition in the church will be open on April 29, from 10am-4pm and Monday May 1, from 10am-4pm.