Friday Photos: Maypoles And Morris Dancing

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 33 months ago
Friday Photos: Maypoles And Morris Dancing
A maypole dance in Richmond Park, performed for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during the Diamond Jubilee tour. Photo: Michael Garnett (2012)
A maypole dance in Richmond Park, performed for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during the Diamond Jubilee tour. Photo: Michael Garnett (2012)
Maypole dancing at the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival at Guildhall. Photo: Zefrographica (2013)
Maypole dancing at the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival at Guildhall. Photo: Zefrographica (2013)
St George's Day celebrations at Borough Market. Photo: Andrew Smith (2014)
St George's Day celebrations at Borough Market. Photo: Andrew Smith (2014)
Mayday protests. Photo: Norman Craig (2010)
Mayday protests. Photo: Norman Craig (2010)
St George's Day celebrations at Borough Market. Photo: Mc Gale (2014)
St George's Day celebrations at Borough Market. Photo: Mc Gale (2014)
Ever tried maypole dancing on the tube? Photo: Andy Teo (2011)
Ever tried maypole dancing on the tube? Photo: Andy Teo (2011)
Deptford Jack in the Green is another May Day tradition: mdx (2010)
Deptford Jack in the Green is another May Day tradition: mdx (2010)
Demonstrators from Hastings group "Hands off our Heritage" in London to protest against the proposed moving of the traditional May Day holiday to the autumn. Photo: Judy (2011)
Demonstrators from Hastings group "Hands off our Heritage" in London to protest against the proposed moving of the traditional May Day holiday to the autumn. Photo: Judy (2011)
The Hastings "Hands off our Heritage"  group again. Photo: Judy (2011)
The Hastings "Hands off our Heritage" group again. Photo: Judy (2011)
Morris dancers at the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Dave Pearce (2014)
Morris dancers at the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Dave Pearce (2014)
Blackheath Morris Dancers  end of season tour, in front of the Cutty Sark. Photo: Steve (2012)
Blackheath Morris Dancers end of season tour, in front of the Cutty Sark. Photo: Steve (2012)
The Morris Liberation Front performed at various sites along the Against The Cuts march route, including  in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Geoff Holland (2011)
The Morris Liberation Front performed at various sites along the Against The Cuts march route, including in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Geoff Holland (2011)

Today's May Day, a spring celebration which usually involves jigging about in various forms, including maypole and morris dancing. Various other local traditions have emerged over the years, including the Deptford Jack. Not all of these photos were taken on May Day, but they do all involve some English celebratory traditions.

Take a look at the festivals and fairs going on across London this weekend.

With thanks to the following photographers for use of their images via the Londonist Flickr pool: Andrew Smith, Andy Teo, Dave Pearce, Geoff Holland, Judy (and again), Mc Gale, mdx, Michael Garnett, Norman Craig, Steve, Zefrographica,

Take a look at our past London photo galleries.

Last Updated 01 May 2015

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London once hosted a Maypole Riot, http://bit.ly/1zyD5ko , at St Andrew Undershaft . That name refers to the pole itself, a replica of which has disappeared into the building site which is now the City of London.