THOUSANDS turned out for the return of Lymm’s annual May Queen festival.

After Covid-19 cancelled last year's event and this year's had to be rescheduled, Warrington residents came in their numbers to support the event.

May Queen for 2021 was Charlotte Booker, a Statham Primary School student and soon to be Lymm high. The 11-year-old has been involved in the May Queen retinue for the past five years.

And the Rose Queen was Leah Poole, 10, who also attends Statham Primary School. She is also a member at Warrington Athletics, Lymm Horse Riding School and Lymm Rovers JFC.

They were paraded through the village roads with the help of a band, Lymm Morris group and floats on the way to the May Queen field.

One of the organisers Diane Kerfoot, who is Lymm born and bred, could not be more pleased with how it turned out.

“It’s been absolutely amazing! We’ve had in excess of 2,500 people," she said.

Warrington Guardian: Lymm MayQueen Charlotte Booker and lady in waiting Faye GriffithsLymm MayQueen Charlotte Booker and lady in waiting Faye Griffiths

“I don’t think there are enough words to describe how emotional and happy I am – I really couldn’t put it into a few words. I’m overwhelmed to see this and I’ve been doing this for nearly 30 years now.”

Diane, 53, continued: “The most important thing for us is to do a family fun day and the children’s faces with what’s going on, that makes the event for us – nothing else matters.

Warrington Guardian: Dancers at Lymm May QueenDancers at Lymm May Queen

“We do it to see their smiles.”

And Diane paid tribute to her fellow organisers for helping to put together a huge event in a short space of time.

Warrington Guardian: Lymm Morris group at the May QueenLymm Morris group at the May Queen

“The committee that we have, we’re all volunteers, we have just pulled our socks up and we’ve definitely pulled it off for the community of Lymm,” she added.