KNUTSFORD’S 150th Royal May Queen has been chosen.

Jasmine Dines, 13, of Carrwood, was handed the title of 2014 May Queen elect at a selection ceremony held at Egerton Youth Club on Saturday, February 1.

Jasmine, who was a Court Lady in the 2013 Royal May Day, beat off compeition from 31 other young girls to be handed the title.

She will take the title from current Queen Jenny Warburton when she is crowned on the Heath by Edward Stone on Saturday, May 3.

The Knutsford Academy pupil will be joined by her Ladies in Waiting, Amy Siwek and Rachael Moonan.

Evangeline Yarnell, Olivia Andrew, Phoebe Millett and Jasmine Sawer were given the honour of being Court Ladies, while Annabel Smith was named as Maid Marion.

In addition Isobella Cunningham, Emma Routs, Matilda Hind, Sophie Howarth, Jess Dean-Deeley and Lucy Moonan were all named as Maids of Honour.

Anne de Ruiter, secretary of Knutsford Royal May Day, told the Guardian the day went well.

“We had a lot of girls in to be May Queen, around 31 in total,” she said.

“That is a good number and we used to have a lot but it dropped off. It has gone up from last year, which is a good sign.

“It was very good to see a good crowd and we had an easy afternoon.”

Anne added: “All the girls write a letter in advance and we hope that they write it themselves.

“Nobody in the room know who is coming until they turn up – not even the committee.”

The selection of dancers for the festival will take place on Monday, February 10, at Shawheath Social Club on Mobberley Road between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

The characters, including those in the court, will be chosen on Saturday, March 1 at 3pm at Egerton Youth Club.

The minimum age for children wishing to be in the event is five years of age by May 3.

Knutsford Royal May Day is a charity, and if you want to raise funds for it contact Anne at 01270 500537.

Photographs by Jonathan Farber.

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