VIDEO: May Garland Day is celebrated in Lewes

LEWES Garland Day defied the pessimistic weather forecast to prove a great success on Bank Holiday Monday.

The traditional spring celebration saw dancing in the Gun Garden at Lewes Castle, led by the locally-based female Morris troupe The Knots of May.

Garland Day, Lewes. May Day celebrations at Lewes Castle

Garland Day, Lewes. May Day celebrations at Lewes Castle

They were joined by The Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men and the Border Morris specialists of The Black Brook - youngsters from Plumpton Primary School.

The weather may have been overcast, but the predicted rain held off and dozens of youngsters brought colourful garlands of flowers to the castle for judging by the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr John Stockdale.

Then the dancers, musicians and children processed down the High Street to the Cliffe for further dancing and merry-making.

There were performances at two Lewes pubs, The John Harvey Tavern and The Dorset Arms.