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Started by: i-spy (15034) 

was that exclusive to Wigan and when did the tradition die out

Started: 30th Apr 2014 at 21:46

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I should never have bought that frock

Replied: 30th Apr 2014 at 22:08

Posted by: mache (inactive)

The tradition generally died out every June

Replied: 30th Apr 2014 at 22:10

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

now he tells me

Replied: 30th Apr 2014 at 22:14

Posted by: mache (inactive)

However you will be able to vote for your queen on May 22

Replied: 30th Apr 2014 at 22:18

Posted by: linma (2686)

Always had one in Platt Bridge, used your mother's old net curtains for a veil.

Replied: 1st May 2014 at 09:45

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

I don't think I've seen a May queen procession in Wigan for about 15 years.

Replied: 1st May 2014 at 15:15

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Make that 20 years

Replied: 2nd May 2014 at 21:28

Posted by: kathpressey (5344) 

I was thinking about May Queens this mrning and wondered if they still happened. We used to plan ours for ages and you'd see loads parading around the streets. It was quite a big event for children. I suppose if children did it now the costumes would all be shop bought. It was alovely tradition.

Replied: 3rd May 2014 at 15:08

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

One year I was Davy Crockett another year a Pirate. We used to walk from Ridyard St up to Rylances at Halfway House and collect coppers of folk as we passed. If you went up Norley on any saturday afternoon in May you would probably pass three or four separate processions full of Pitmen and Fairies

Replied: 5th May 2014 at 20:13

Posted by: kathpressey (5344) 

rio- my brother had a Davy crocket hat too - king of the wild frontier!

Replied: 6th May 2014 at 18:04

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

only 16 days left and still not seen one

Replied: 15th May 2014 at 22:37

Posted by: tonker (24048) 

May Queens .... was that exclusive to Wigan ...?

Talk about small-town minded!

Replied: 15th May 2014 at 23:31

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

get your frock on tonks

Replied: 15th May 2014 at 23:36

Posted by: rio caroni (5077) 

Not seen one although on the telly last week thirteen blokes in White shirts with Red Vee's were pretending to be Rugby League players. Not far from Haydock I think

Replied: 30th May 2014 at 19:36

 

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