“ONE of the best days of my life.”
That is how Knutsford’s 150th Royal May Queen summed up this year’s milestone occasion.
On Saturday May 3, Jasmine Dines, 13, was escorted to her throne on the Heath, where she was crowned the 150th May Queen by 13-year-old Crown Bearer Edward Stone.
The crowning ceremony was the climax to an excitement-filled, historic May Day. Earlier in the day, thousands of merrymakers grabbed a street-side spot and basked in the glorious sunshine as the procession wound its way through the streets of Knutsford.
Beginning in Marshall’s Yard at 2pm, the procession, which boasted over 650 children and around 200 adults, was led by the Marshall, Town Crier and Jack in the Green.
The parade’s characters, bands, dancers and animals entertained the cheering crowds before venturing on to the Heath where the crowning ceremony began.
Jasmine spoke to the Guardian after the event to get her feelings and thoughts on her big day.
“It was really overwhelming and really amazing at the same time,” she said.
“I really enjoyed it and it was one of the best moments of my life. It was a very happy day for me and I really enjoyed waving to everyone and watching the dancers on the Heath.
“I didn’t get much sleep when I got home after the meal in the evening because my head was buzzing. The weather was amazing and the one day I wanted it to be sunny it was.”
Jasmine took part in the 2005 Royal May Day for the first time as a nurse and told the Guardian she was honoured to have been chosen in an anniversary year.
“It was amazing to have been the 150th Royal May Queen,” she said.
“The first thing my dad said to me when I got back was that I would go down in history and that was a bit weird thinking that. It is talked about for years and years and I will be 63 when the next big anniversary Royal May Day comes along.”
- A DVD of the day, which captured the atmosphere and detail of this 150th anniversary celebration, can be ordered at webmedias.co.uk, with a reduced price for children who attend Knutsford schools. It includes cameras covering the whole procession on Adams Hill (so every child should be in the video), interviews with former May Queens, the history of the day’s “Royal” status and a glimpse into the tradition of sanding . . . a delightful souvenir of a wonderful weekend.