The crowning of a May Queen to celebrate the start of summer is one of the few May Day traditions to have (allegedly) remained unbroken in several hundred years. Hayfield in Derbyshire claims their annual May Queen festival as "the longest standing continuous procession of its kind in the country." The yearly ceremony in Brentham Garden Suburb also has a rich history, as does the May Queen of All London Festival at Hayes Common which takes place annually in Bromley, Kent. The May Queen is typically a girl of school age, dressed in white, to symbolise purity, and crowned with a garland of flowers.
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