|"In the top secret mission to avoid any sabotage attempts from their
rivals in Thorpe, the villagers of Burnsall have proudly restored their
maypole to the village green. No longer need Burnsallians endure a
barrage of jibes their neighbours over the hill about the maypole, which
has been a source of rivalry between the two villages for years. It all
started when some 10 ago when Burnsall?s renowned maypole suddenly
disappeared overnight. It was later found in Thorpe, transported after a late
night sortie down to the banks of the Wharfe.
Eventually restored to its rightful place, the maypole blew down in the gales of Christmas 1997 and ever since the Burnsall village has been maypoleless, a source of considerable merriment to the residents of Thorpe. Indeed, hostilities threatened to break out when a mock maypole, described as "little better than a twig " appeared overnight in the forlorn space left by the original pole. Thorpe was blamed again.
However, buried away in a secret location, Burnsall's slighted men were busy preparing a grandiose new maypole to stand erect once more and, with a news blackout imposed, the magnificent new structure was unveiled last week. The maypole went up one evening around 9.00pm when Burnsall folk will tell you, the men of Thorpe are tucked up in bed with their cocoa and Noddy books, so no sabotage mission could be launched. A Herald correspondent was on hand to witness the auspicious occasion. The new maypole, topped by a splendid weather vane, created by Nigel Daggett, lies on top of the time capsule buried by the children of Burnsall school at start of the decade.
In Burnsall the residents have warmly welcomed the return of their maypole, but the reaction from Thorpe is somewhat more muted. Indeed, the day after the maypole erection, Thorpe called off their crunch Dales Evening League match against Burnsall. Was it a fit of pique, as some Bumsallians allege, or was it the fact that Manchester United were bidding for the glory of the European Cup final? Either way, the good folk of Burnsall, pride restored, are keeping a close eye on their new edifice, mainly through the windows of campaign headquarters, the Red Lion."
"Maypole donated to the village of Galphay.
In celebration of the New Millennium
From the directors of David's of Ripon, Peugeot.
10th. October 1999."