Thousands of children and families took part in a colourful procession and fayre to celebrate May on Saturday.

The Walton-on-the-Hill May Pageant began with procession including a tractor, fire engine, motorcycles, horses, marching band and children in fancy dress.


Greta Prince, 11, from Walton-on-the-Hill Primary School, was crowned as May Queen after arriving in a horse-drawn carriage at the arena in Howard Close.

Celebrations then got underway with maypole dancing, a dog show, Zumba dancing, terrier racing, pony rides and other amusements.

Ann Liddle, publicity manager for the pageant, said about 4,000 people joined in the festivities.

Ms Liddle said: “It was fabulous. There was a lovely atmosphere and good community spirit.”

The pageant raised money for a fund set up in the memory of cyclist John Ibbotson, Age Concern Banstead and Walton-on-the-Hill Primary School.

The theme of the day was Fables and Fairytales.

Your Local Guardian:

Bikers take part in the procession

Your Local Guardian:

Orla Stone as the Mad Hatter with horse Corky

Your Local Guardian:

Bramley School joins the procession

Your Local Guardian:

Brownies dressed as rats from the Pied Piper