The village of Gawthorpe will stage its time-honoured Maypole Procession on Saturday 4th May 2024. The Gawthorpe Maypole Committee is hoping for a bumper entry for the 150th Gawthorpe Maypole Procession and Feast. A colourful mile-long procession will parade through the streets of Gawthorpe and Ossett as the Maypole celebrations get underway.
The procession will start at 2pm from Highfield School, Gawthorpe and wind its way through the streets of Gawthorpe and Ossett before heading back into Gawthorpe Village where the traditional maypole dancers from Gawthorpe Academy will entertain the crowd with the worlds most complex and intricate plaiting sequences at 5:30pm.
Entries of Floats and children’s and adults Fancy Dress can be made either before the day or on the Saturday morning until 1pm at the Maypole Cabin, High Street, Gawthorpe and it is an ideal opportunity for organisations to recruit new members and for businesses to show what they have to offer.
This year’s May Queen Elect will take centre stage with her Maids of Honour and will lead the procession along with a traditional Brass Band. As well as the annual procession, families will be able to visit Robinson’s funfair in the Maypole Field on Swithenbank Avenue with fairground rides and stalls.
Fundraising on the day will contribute to putting on a special tea and entertainment for around 100 older people from Gawthorpe on afternoon of Monday 6th May at the Darby and Joan Welfare Hall, Gawthorpe.