PICTURES: Wallington girl crowned May Queen as part of 111 year tradition
The annual crowning of the Wallington May Queen took place last weekend.
Annabel Jones, 9, became the 111th girl to receive the title at a ceremony on Saturday, May 3.
The tradition started in 1902 and begins with a procession through the town.
Girls join the group at 3-years-old as ‘fairies’, before graduating to ‘attendants to the May Queen’ a year later.
They then go on to become crown bearers before taking on a role as a banner bearer.
The girls then act as ‘princes’, and becoming eligible to be a May Queen at 9-years-old.
Annabel, who lives on Carew Road in Wallington and is a pupil at Bandon Hill Primary, lead a troop of 35 adults from Wallington Green to Wallington Town Hall.
Once she he arrived at the hall she was crowned by her grandfather Harry Jones.
Ladies day: Girls take a break from the procession to pose for the camera
Penny Jones, Annabel's mother, said: "Proud isn't the word.
"She did a brilliant job on the day and gave a lovely speech at the end.
"She looked beautiful, all the girls did."
The procession began at 12.30 and finished at 1pm.
Royal Wave: The May Queen leads a procession through Wallington
Procession: The group make their way to the town hall
Cutting the cake: Those who attended enjoyed some food after the ceremony
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