May Day fun and laughter in Muswell

PIRATES of the Caribbean actress and star of Danny Boyle’s adaption of Frankenstein Naomie Harris attended May Day celebrations in Muswell Hill.

Ms Harris joined the Hillfield Park-St James’ celebrations on Sunday May 1, crowning Carina Williams as May Queen.

Ms Harris’s mother Lisselle Kayla is local to the area which is why she was invited to take part.

Residents took part in a 500-metre race, maypole dancing, as well as entering their pooches in dog agility trials. Face painting, a treasure hunt, and “weigh the cake” game were also organised to keep May Day revellers entertained.

Hill Field Park resident Peter Thompson, 73, helped to organise the celebrations. He said: “Everybody was really pleased, not just that it was a happy occasion and that the sun shone, but that we managed to make a maypole and get the kids dancing.

“It looked beautiful and we felt we’d achieved something in re-creating a little bit of innocent England going back to the 19th century.”

Mr Thompson added that Hillfield Park-St James’ hold an annual street party and the May Day weekend seemed the ideal time to host it with the Royal Wedding on the Friday.

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He explained: “We wanted to do it when there was a public holiday so that children did not have to worry about going to school the next day and with Royal Wedding on Friday, this seemed the perfect time.

“We had a record turnout with an estimated 200 residents enjoying the fun.”