St Agnes Celebrates Traditional Mayday… In July

St Agnes School

St Agnes celebrated Mayday in its traditional fashion on School Hill yesterday.

Applause from dozens of islanders mingled with that of visitors across the grassy slopes as the ten island children who attend the local Five Islands School base danced round the maypole in bright July sunshine.

The children – dressed in white from top to toe – also performed a succession of country dances before changing into costume for the climax of the afternoon, the annual performance of the mummers play St George and the Dragon.

Last year, as Radio Scilly reported, there was almost a break with tradition when the Dragon showed a great reluctance to fall victim to St George.

But despite a succession of angry roars, this year’s Dragon, Zachary Hick, was duly conquered by St George, alias Toby Hicks. Toby also proved too proficient at swordplay for Remi Lewin, a wandering Turkish Knight.

Fortunately though there was a doctor on the hill to help heal the wounded. Bowler-hatted Jacob Burns was only too ready to apply his medical skills, provided his £15 fee was paid.

Proceeds from donations for tea and home made cakes will go to the RNLI and the Air Ambulance.