Parade follows 100 year tradition of crowning of Hayes May Queens

The Hayes May Queen celebration on Hayes Common

The Hayes May Queen celebration on Hayes Common

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The crowning of the Hayes May Queens has taken place, followed by a parade through the village of Hayes.

On Saturday (May 10), in a tradition going back over 100 years, the parade featuring May Queens from the three realms - Hayes, Hayes Village and Hayes Common - ended in dancing around the maypole on Hayes Common.

It was organised by the Merrie England Society, also responsible for choosing a colour and flower to represent each realm.

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Left to right: May Queens Ciara Purkiss, eight, Charlotte Dabin, 11, Emily Stephanson, 10.

Karen Dabin, mother of Hayes May Queen Charlotte said: "Charlotte is 11 and joined Hayes May Queen in 2006 as a fairy.

"She has worked her way up to the top covering all the roles."

Cherie Purkiss, mother of Hayes Common May Queen Ciara, said: "Ciara is eight years old and joined the Hayes Common realm in 2008 as a fairy.

"She has been crowned Hayes Common May Queen with eight fairies of her own."

Meanwhile Emily Stephenson, 10, is the May Queen of the Hayes Village realm.

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