Slideshow: May celebrated in Mayfield

Teddies parachuted from the church tower, ribbons fluttered from the maypole and bands played as Mayfield celebrated its namesake festival, the Mayfield May Fair.

Early Saturday morning, the rain sluiced from a slate grey sky but by the time Johnny Marsh as the Green Man had worked his magic, the sun had emerged.

Mayfield maypole dancing

Mayfield maypole dancing

The concept was to recreate an old-fashioned village fair and organisers succeeded.

First event of the day was the Teddy Bear Parachute Jump. Children queued to register teddies, which were then fitted with parachutes and hauled to the top of St Dunstan’s Tower via a pulley. They were launched into space and the wind carried them half-way across the churchyard.

Pupils from six local primary schools processed along the High Street behind the Mayfield Band led by Simon Rudge and marched to the Middle House where the Queen, (Imogen Husey,) Princess (Mia Town) and Prince (Oliver Sherwood) took up residence to admire maypole dancers.

Enterprising stallholders sold their produce and wares to dozens of villagers who strolled along the High Street, been closed to traffic for the day. Memories were stirred at the Royal British Legion’s exhibition while literary types flocked to the Mayfield Book Fair in the Memorial Hall.