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Kettering Evening Telegraph 16th May 1981
May Queen Crowning

Rain forced a schools' May Queen crowning and a maypole dancing session indoors at the weekend. But the wet weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of hordes of parents who turned out to see the Duchess of Buccleuch performing the crowning ceremony at Burton Latimers' recreation hall.

Seven-year-old Tracey Craddock, the May Queen of St Mary's Primary School, and her attendants, six-year-old Wendy Lilley and seven-year-old Teresa Binder-Pollard were hastily hustled indoors when the rain started. After the crowning, the Duchess was treated to an indoor dancing session and the skies cleared just in time for Flash the donkey's moment of glory.

Flash, with the May Queen on his back, follwed a band from the Pioneer Corps at Northampton back to the school in front of a procession of youngsters and parents. The Duchess was shown around the 400-year-old school which was built on land donated by her family. A bazaar was also held in the building in aid of school funds.

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