Some blooming hard decisions at Lewes Garland Day

Lewes Garland Day
Lewes Garland Day

The sun came out for Lewes Garland Day on Bank Holiday Monday – the 33rd since the tradition’s revival by The Knots of May.

Nearly 100 children presented garlands made with fresh flowers at Lewes Castle.

The standard was particularly high, so the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe, with her consort, Nick Robinson, and the Chair of the District Council, Cllr Michael Chartier, with his wife, Monica, had a difficult task in judging them.

While they did, The Knots of May, Long Man Morris and the children of Black Brook Morris danced to entertain the crowd.

The Knots of May then led everyone in procession down the High Street to the Cliffe Precinct where the winners were announced and presented with their prizes.

There followed more dancing in the precinct, at The John Harvey Tavern and at The Dorset, where Commercial Square Morris also made a guest appearance.

Garland winners were: 1st, Sebastian and Anissa LLewellyn and Sasha McGillivray; 2nd Alwyn and Wilfred Watson, India, Angelina and Saffron Thakrar; 3rd Joseph and Alex Baker, Lucy and Cleo Pettit.

Highly Commended: Corin and Flora Motley, Saskia Marshall, Milly Pepler, Ella Mitchell and Taylor Hall, Posie Lyle and Laura Maslin.