Taking to the road once again…
After most functions had been sadly suppressed for over two years it was going to be interesting to witness the public’s reaction to their re-emergence once the lockdown was lifted. Would they still retain their former popularity or would they have fallen out of favour with the masses?
One of the early seasonal events in the area was the long established Royston May Day event, which recently took to the road once again. The sun beamed down, the many functional ingredients were assembled, the stage was set… and the crowds turned up greater than ever as if to welcome the return of an old friend!
The Classic Vehicle display at the rear of the Town Hall, organised by the Royston Rotary Club, yielded around 170 resplendent vehicles, including no less than 40 motorbikes, a model steam wagon, and a vintage tractor. Stephen Wesley was there with his unique, rebuilt, totally wooden bodied 2CV Citroen, made out of Panam Pine and glued together with epoxy adhesive. Ches Harding proudly displayed his immaculate prototype Healey, a spin off of the famous Austin Healey’s from the 1950’s, whilst local couple, John and Sylvia Ives, presented their 1960 Saphire Star Armstrong Siddeley.
Now former Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Marguerite Phillips, acclaimed Ray Brand’s 1947 MG TO as her choice of the best show vehicle.
The Priory Memorial Gardens were alive to the sound of music, laughter, and merriment. Young couples sauntered through the myriad of stalls, laughing and chatting, whilst excited children excelled themselves attempting to win prizes in the form of cuddly toys and confectionery. There were dance displays, bands, a dog show, Punch and Judy, and many other activities to keep the momentum in force.
From a Hog Roast, provided by the local butcher Russell Davey, to vegan street food, the choice of refreshments was more than plentiful. The tone of the public was praiseworthy and many appreciative and thankful that at last normality was clicking back into their lives once again.
Photography & Article by Clive Porter