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Maypole, the raising of the


Subject ID:
200962_169103
Subject Year:
Keywords:
Maypole, Cross
Copyright:
Leeds Museums Service
Class number:
P23/1 Lotherton Hall
Maypole, the raising of the
Description:
Undated. Image shows the ancient tradition of the raising of the 96ft (approx 29 metres) Maypole which is located near the Cross at the centre of Barwick-in-Elmet. The Maypole is the oldest in the country and each year dancing and celebration takes place around it , presided over by the elected May Queen and her attendants. The raising and lowering of the Maypole is a ceremony performed every three years. Three men were appointed at a public meeting to take on the task. Insurance costs and health and safety measures have led to break in tradition and in 2008 a crane was used to raise the Maypole, while still maintaining as many of the traditional rituals as possible.

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