Dancing the sun up to mark May Day

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Dance group Ryburn Longsword welcomed the sun in style this morning (Friday) to mark May Day

As they do every year members were ‘dancing the sun up’ overlooking Scammonden Reservoir.

Throughout the centuries, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities, such as maypole dancing and crowning of May Queens, and traditional dance groups still celebrate by meeting up and dancing as the sun rises.

Member of the group, Pauline Jones said: “We love feeling that we’re part of a tradition that is going on all over England and in other parts of the world too. And an added bonus is we’re often the only people in Calderdale who see the sun on May Day – it’s usually gone back behind a cloud before most people wake up!”

Ryburn Longsword will be dancing again for Spaw Sunday in Cragg Vale on Sunday at the Robin Hood pub as part of the Tour de Yorkshire celebrations.