Peak District village celebrates age-old garland tradition, in pictures

The rain failed to dampen spirits during the centuries-old Castleton Garland Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Thursday, 30th May 2019, 12:54 pm
The Garland King is processed through the village.

The first records of Garland day date back to the 1700s and though its true origins are not fully understood it is believed to be an ancient fertility rite with Celtic connections. The celebration also incorporates more recent elements of 'Oak Apple Day' which falls on May 29, and celebrates the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The garland is a framework of cut flowers which is prepared on the day by villagers before being placed on the head of the 'King', and paraded around the village on horseback with his 'Consort', also on horseback, dressed in Stuart costume.

The King and the Queen walk the village bounds.
A woman with Oak leaves around her head takes pictures of the procession.
May pole dancers laugh as the rain pours down.
Johnathon Haddock, 'The King' stops at a house to enjoy a drink as they 'walk the village bounds'.
A brass band leads a procession through the village.
A dog with Oak leaves on its collar watches the procession.
A brass band leads a procession through the village.
A brass band leads a procession through the village.
A family take a 'selfie' during 'Castleton Garland Day'.
Brass instruments are left on the ground as the band enjoy a drink at one the village's pubs.
The Garland King is processed through the village.
The Garland King is processed through the village.
Dancers around the Maypole during 'Castleton Garland Day' on May 29.
The Garland King is processed through the village.
Members of the public follow the procession.
Maypole dancers laugh as the rain pours down.
The Garland is hoisted from 'The King' and up to the church roof.
The 'Consort' arrives at the church before the garland is hoisted to the top.
The Garland is hoisted from 'The King' and up to the church roof.
A member of the public watches as the Garland is hoisted from 'The King' and up to the church roof.
The Garland is hoisted from 'The King' and up to the church roof.
'The King' Johnathon Haddock poses for a portrait with the Garland before the procession.
Flowers are selected for the garland.
The Garland nears completion.
The 'Queen', a removable top piece, is tried for size as the Garland nears completion.
Johnathon Haddock, 'The King' tries on the Garland as it nears completion.
The Garland is placed on top of 'The King', Johnathon Haddock.
The Garland is prepared.