Edna May Fairweather, 1931
You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear;
To-morrow ’ll be the happiest time of all the glad new-year,—
Of all the glad new-year, mother, the maddest, merriest day;
For I ’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother, I ’m to be Queen o’ the May.
From 'The May Queen' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
I can only imagine the excitement of 10 year old Edna May Fairweather the night before she was crowned May Queen.
Detail of the handmade cloak. The flowers are individually painted
Her costume was lovingly handmade, probably by her mother. The flowers are individually painted and 85 years after it was worn, they are still beautifully vivid.
Also featured are the May Queen crown, original programme and photographs of Bootle’s once popular May Day Demonstration festival, first held in 1899.