The Buttercross Belles

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May Day at dawn

Posted by Linda on May 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Lesley writes: "3:15 a.m. – kit check – thermals, extra vest, extra tee-shirt, fleece, gilet, scarf, gloves, flask of tea (perhaps containing something extra) and of course – the torch ! Why? – because it is that time of year again. The 1st of May when the Buttercross Belles (or at least those not quick witted enough to claim a previous commitment) assemble in the dark at the top of the Chevin to welcome in the Mayday. We were joined by Briggate and Wayzgoose and what seemed to be hoards of photographers.

I like to imagine the tourists flying over us on their way to land at the airport. What do they make of this spectacle of flower bedecked straw bonnets, black caps and white and black faces topped with feathers? Goodness knows!

Was it worth it? Well let’s just say that Julie makes a terrific bacon sandwich and mug of tea – so for that alone –yes! "

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