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"It's a Knutsford tradition": Spectators have their say on May Day
8:00pm Wednesday 7th May 2014 in News
THE Guardian took to the streets of Knutsford on Saturday to find out what spectators had to say about this year’s festival.
Claire Harwood was joined by her mother and daughter as she watched the procession go by. She has been going to the May Day for 35 years and was in the procession in her younger years.
Claire, who now lives in Wilmslow, said: "I bring my own children - it's a tradition, a Knutsford tradition."
Helen Harrison has been a festival-goer since 1950 and came with her children and grandchildren to this year's festival.
"It's always brilliant and I have been going for years," she said.
"The atmosphere is what I enjoy the most."
Guys Barbershop, on Canute Square, joined in with the festivities by adopting a Sweeney Todd-themed for the day, handing out Deli Boys pies, Tatton Brewery beer and ‘eye-ball’ cake to customers.
Owner Dan Belcher, a.k.a Sweeney, said: “It was a great success and the weather has been fantastic.
“It brought a lot of people into the shop and our regulars popped by to enjoy some cake, pie and beer – as well as a shave from me.”
Knutsford Town Clr Mike Houghton popped into Guys and was enjoying what the barbershop had on offer.
He said: "It has been a fantastic day, so many people turned out - I would guess half the town must be out.
"It's fantastic events like this are so well supported 150 years on. Here's to the next 150."
Jordon Massey, from Northwich, was enjoying a beer in the sun and was joined by his friends, who all headed to the funfair after the parade.
"You get to see lots of people you haven't seen for ages," he added. "Everyone seems to be here."
His friend Ben Whiteside, from High Legh, said: "This is my second time to the May Day, it is such a good day out. The atmosphere is the key; I will be here next year, 100%."
Knutsford Hosts volunteer Mike Tolchard offered guidance to visitors at the crowning ceremony on the Heath.
“I have been here for 35 years, and been involved in the May Day for 18 years, and in my opinion this has been the best May Day yet.
“It has been brilliant, wonderful.”
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