I READ with interest the letter in last week’s Guardian in defence of the Royal May Day, and I think it somewhat missed the point.

As I understand it, the original criticism of the May Day by your columnist Fly in the Ointment – and some parents – was aimed at nothing more than the method of selection for the queen.

I didn’t see any criticism of the event itself, of the enthusiasm and dedication of the organisers, of the enjoyment it brings to the young people who take part or of the undoubted financial and commercial benefits it brings to the shops and businesses in Knutsford.

As a parent, I don’t think it is unreasonable to base the selection of the queen on more than how they look, walk and smile.

And on that point, I am in complete agreement with Fly in the Ointment.

I also wonder what the rationale was for not letting the male members of the selection committee vote?

Michael Green Address supplied