A royal good day for the popular Braunston May Fayre

May Queen Lucy Taylor with her attendants Elizabeth Whitehall, Tess Cunliffe, Errin Burditt and Sophie Taylor at the Braunston May Fayre. Photo Alan Walters EMN-150505-100000001

May Queen Lucy Taylor with her attendants Elizabeth Whitehall, Tess Cunliffe, Errin Burditt and Sophie Taylor at the Braunston May Fayre. Photo Alan Walters EMN-150505-100000001

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Hundreds of people turned out in the sunshine for a unique May Day experience in the heart of Braunston this week.

The annual May Fayre held in the streets of Braunston took place on bank holiday Monday, attracting families from across Rutland who enjoyed a day full of May Fayre fun.

On the day crowds enjoyed a thriving street market full of local retailers selling local produce, an entertaining dog show and some excellent live music from Fete Accompli and Oakham’s own ukelele orchestra, the D’Ukes of Rutland.

There was also lots of fun for the children to enjoy including fairground rides, family games, face painting and the children even had the chance to meet some alpacas brought along by the Cosy Dub Farm.

May Fayre organiser, Tracy Waterman said: “It was a great day with lots of people and the sun kept shining thankfully. People seem to really enjoy the traditional village fete with a May Queen, so hopefully it will continue for years to come.”

A very special part of the day was the crowning of this years May Queen, Lucy Taylor who was joined by her attendants Elizabeth Whitehall, Tess Cunliffe, Errin Burditt and Sophie Taylor.

The May Queen and her attendants enjoyed a vintage Rolls Royce trip around the village, followed by a delightful display of maypole dancing from the children.

The event, which has become a valuable community fundraiser over the years, was this year raising money for the charity For Rutland In Rutland.

Tracy added: “May Day fayres are an important part of this country’s heritage and a wonderful tradition that goes back centuries. We are proud to bring the Rutland community together to celebrate the event.”