As usual, we supported the annual Mayday Fayre by running some stalls, taking part in the parade and camping the night before as site security. Taking place outside the Ifield Barn Theatre, the 26th annual festival started with the May Queen parade, which left from St Margaret’s School at 11am. Schoolchildren and 2nd Ifield (St Margaret’s) Scouts walked alongside the float’s procession while a marching band played.
Crawley mayor Bob Burgess crowned Jessica Budd-Jeffreys Queen, before she officially opened the event. Mr Burgess then got stuck into the fun himself, putting his trust firmly in the Scouts by walking across a rope bridge over Ifield Mill Pond, which they had constructed themselves. Mr Burgess said: “I trusted the Scouts completely in that they wouldn’t allow me to fall into the water. “I was too busy concentrating on getting across safely to notice, but apparently I got a cheer once I got across.”