May Day in Walton on Thames at The Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre is now a firm family favourite event!  

2017 was no exception as the event started with a community parade from Cowey Sale, near Walton Bridge, along the path to the centre.

The damp and grey skies did not reduce the number of participants, the parade was led by African Drumming and the majestic Spring Banner which had been painted during a recent art workshop. After that the crowds were treated to traditional Maypole routines from St Lawrence School troop, the highlight of which was the opportunity for members of the public to unravel the ribbons after the final dance.

In the courtyard of the Barn itself there was a montage of activities, including buskers raising funds for RefugAid, A BBQ and a display from The Thames Valley Morris Men from Claygate. 

The dancers said this was their biggest crowd so far for 2017 and they thoroughly enjoyed showing off their winters training. 
Inside the Barn there was a steady stream of visitors to see the display of the 44 panels of The Mount Felix Tapestry which was completed in 2016 by over 600 members of the local community, to commemorate the work of the Mount Felix Hospital during World War I.

The hospital cared for over 27,000 troops from New Zealand who had been injured in Gallipoli and battles after.
The sun came out later in the day as The Quick Fix Theatre teamed performed 2 shorts scenes filled with the well-known characters Mad Hatter, Alice, Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts but with a twist called ‘Albert in Wonderland.'
Emily Boulting, RiverHouse Arts Director said "I am so pleased so many people turned out today to see the variety of traditional May Fair activities, there was something for everyone and that’s what makes hosting these events so rewarding."

Article supplied by Tracey Blandford