Celebrating Knutsford’s Crowning Glory

An exhibition celebrating 150 years of Knutsford Royal May Day is now on display at the town’s Heritage Centre.'Crowning Glory' 01

The Knutsford’s Crowning Glory exhibition features crowns, gowns, memorabilia and memories of the special day since it began in began in 1864 when Annie Pollitt was crowned May Queen. It achieved ‘Royal’ status in 1887 when the town was visited by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, then Prince and Princess of Wales.

The gown and crown worn by the 1887 May Queen Mary Howarth is one of the many exhibits on show.wicker crown

Some 90 people packed the centre’s beautiful courtyard garden and exhibition galleries for the official opening of the exhibition.

Tatton MP George Osborne said May Day was a “brilliant thing for the town, the community and the children.

“As a proud parent who has watched my children in the parade over many years, I know how much the Royal May Day means, not just to the town but to everyone involved in it.

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People come from all over to celebrate Knutsford’s May Day. In 150 years there will still be a Royal May Day that Knutsford will be known for. It’s part of our past and part of our future.

This exhibition captures the spirit of the occasion and its 150th anniversary.  I recommend that everyone should go and see it.”

The Knutsford’s Crowning Glory exhibition runs at the heritage centre until Sunday 29 June. Entry is free, but donations towards the upkeep of the centre, a charity, will be gratefully received. The centre, at 90A King Street, WA16 6ED, is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 2pm to 5pm. The centre is closed on Monday.

The 150th Knutsford Royal May Day takes place on Saturday 3 May from 2pm when the parade leaves Marshall’s Yard.

Knutsford Heritage Centre is staging a number of events to further celebrate May Day including a ‘Create Your Own Crown’ on the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April when, for a small fee, children will be able to make their own fabulous crown.

The centre has also arranged a competition for local retailers who will be dressing their windows with a May Day theme – each with a crown at its heart. The centre has collected some 40 crowns from past May Queens which will be on display in the windows of Knutsford’s King Street, Princess Street and Minshull Street businesses. The displays run from Saturday 27 April to Saturday 10 May. A Crowning Glory Competition for youngsters will run in conjunction with the displays – entry forms will be available at the heritage centre from 27 April.

Thanks to the generous support from Edmundson Electrical, the centre is hosting a special fundraising Crowning Glory Cocktail Celebration on Thursday 8 May from 6 to 8pm. Gusto Knutsford has created a special cocktail and has generously agreed to supply canapés. Tickets cost £12.50. For more information and to reserve tickets email info@bluebarnacles.co.uk.

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