Ascension : The Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Submitted by The Islander (Mario Anthony) 15.05.2014 (Article Archived on 05.06.2014)
THE MAY FAIR
May in northern latitudes heralds a reawakening of nature following the harshness of winter. Cold winds blowing over snow and ice become a memory by the month of May. Spirits rise and the outdoors beckons bringing about festivals across much of Europe. The traditional May Fair comes into its own in many villages and towns, some held on sites used for the purpose for hundreds of years, many attached to the local church. It has been speculated the May Fair originally had some importance in the Germanic paganism of Iron Age and early Medieval cultures, and that the tradition survived Christianisation. London's Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that was held from 1686 to 1764. Maypoles, around which the maypole dance takes place, are still seen on country village greens in the UK. May fairs are occasions for casting aside inhibitions and letting go and enjoying life to the full, a time to be merry. The 10th Royal Hussars set a good example with their regimental march "The Merry Month of May," perhaps the visiting Royal Air Force band could be persuaded to play their march at ADF? Make a date for our Fair, the Ascension Day Fair to be held on the 31st of May. Fun for all the family, something old, something new, culminating in a fireworks display on a pontoon on the sea and a dance in the square with fish and chips and chilli-con-carne meals available. The dance will finish at 1 a.m.