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.