Morris Men dance at dawn to celebrate May Day at Wandlebury Country Park
Around seventy people visited Wandlebury Country Park bright and early on Thursday morning to watch the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men celebrate the start of May and the height of spring.
In a traditional May Day celebration, a small group of dancers dressed in white gathered at the picnic field at the back of the park at 5:20am. In the pre-dawn light they were joined by members of the public and office staff, rangers and trustees from Cambridge Past, Present and Future – the local charity that owns and manages Wandlebury Country Park for the enjoyment of local people.
As the sun rose at 5.27am the Morris Men danced vigorously. While the bells on their knees jingled a merry tune, a druid priest blessed onlookers with the morning dew – another ancient May Day tradition that is supposed to bestow health, luck and beauty on the recipient.
Dancing continued until after the sun had risen over the trees then it was time for another great British tradition – a cup of tea and a bacon roll courtesy of the Cambridge Past, Present & Future rangers who fired up the BBQ for breakfast!
Mary Nealon, Head of Development at Cambridge Past, Present & Future, said: “The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men have been coming to Wandlebury on May Day for some years now and it’s always a pleasure to welcome them back. Every May it amazes me how many people turn out for this event bearing in mind the start time. But I have to say it really is worth setting the alarm for. Wandlebury is a great place to visit at any time of day but it was particularly magical and mystical this morning. Thanks to everyone that came along to this special celebration.”