ORGANISERS are putting the final touches to this year’s Royal May Day event, with more than 650 children set to take part.

The procession, which leaves from the back of Wright Marshalls yard in Princess Street at 2pm, will make its way to The Heath where May Queen Charlotte James will be crowned by Sam Cainer.

The day attracts thousands of Knutsfordians past and present, with many returning from across the country for the annual celebration.

Committee member Eileen Podmore said: “May Day is a time when families come together. Knutsfordians who have left the area come back to celebrate with their friends and remember with fondness the parts they played in past Festivals.

“We would like to thank all who have supported us this year.

“Whether sponsoring the Royal May Queen’s crown – which is hers to keep – the pirate ship, one of our lorries, superb raffle prizes or advertising in our programme, there are so many who help in all sorts of different ways.

“Without them life would be so much harder. We especially thank our president Mr. R Brooks who continually welcomes us onto The Heath to celebrate May Day.”

The pirate ship – sponsored by Stuart Rushton estate agents – is sure to be a highlight of this year’s parade, with bespoke cannons built for the occasion by David Bryant.

Four bands will be providing a soundtrack, with two sets of Morris Dancers along the way and the Cheshire Wheelmen putting on a show on their antique bicycles.

For safety purposes, all roads used in the procession will be closed from 12.50pm through to 4pm. This includes all public car parks in King Street, Tatton Street, Princess Street and Green Street.

Car parking is available on the small Heath on May Day, and also at Knutsford Football Club from noon.

Parents of children taking part in the procession are asked to write their phone numbers on their child’s coloured wristband – the colour of which coordinates with a collection area after the event.

General walking characters should meet at the back of Wright Marshalls’ Yard from 1.30pm, and children on the four lorries should meet in King Edward Road opposite Ash Court.

The Court assembles at the town council offices in Toft Road.