Origin of May Day chairs

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May day chairs made in 2000 by Paul Beckett - Wheatley Bridge Farm - as a memorial to Jon Drake. One photo is of the plaque inscribed "Remember Jon Drake who revived the May Day celebrations in Wheatley in 1976".

These chairs are used by the King and Queen of the May, at the village May Day celebrations each year.

They were made locally as a memorial to Jon brake who was the inspiration behind the revival of the May bay celebrations. One of the chairs, given by Jon’s family, carries the inscription, ‘Remember JON DRAKE who revived the MAY DAY celebrations in Wheatley in 1976‘.

The other chair was given by Wheatley Society.

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