"MAYPOLE FESTIVITIES AT BARWICK""The Barwick Maypole committee (newly formed) have every reason for gratification at the marked success of the observance of the ancient custom of raising the Maypole. This 'triennial' ceremony had to be postponed last year but last Tuesday any doubts the committee may have had on whether the local and district public would support their efforts to keep this historic custom alive were quickly dispersed.
So dense was the crowd that great difficulty was experienced in the final stages of the task of bringing the redecorated pole to its 'home' near the village cross. But thanks to the persuasive efforts of the polemaster (Mr John White) who discharged his onerous duties most efficiently and affably, the Maypole was in due course in a position for raising. There was a great cheer when eventually it was safely and soundly raised.
Mr Kenneth Birch, a Barwick native, now of Leeds, completed this part of the programme by swarming up the 80 ft. pole to give the golden fox with which it is surmounted the traditional spin.
The Master of Ceremonies was Mr Stanley Robshaw (Chairman of the Committee) and Mr Arthur Walton was in charge of the ladder party.
The Maypole Queen (Enid Poulter) and her attendents made a charming picture in their lovely costumes. The Queen was duly crowned by Miss Grimshaw who was introduced by the Rev. Canon James Gray. Then came delightful maypole dances by the children of Barwick School, under the direction of the headmaster, Mr Eric Holmes."
1951 Maypole Gala. The Pole is carried back to its appointed place.
Plenty of Spectators and much Muscle Power on display.
Can you pick out the shirt-sleeved Arthur Walton?
"The winners of the various events were:
( Skyrack Express Friday 18 May 1951.)