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Garland Day, village of Castleton, Derbyshire, 1967
29th May 1967
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Garland Day is held every year on Oak Apple Day, May 29th. The garland is 3 feet high and is put over the head of the garland 'king' who rides on horseback around the village.
The 'king' in 1967 was Mr Gerald Melody and the consort was Mrs Jean Lindsay.
A procession follows the 'king' and his consort around the village led by the village band. Local schoolgirls dance at intervals along the route.
The custom goes back many hundreds of years and the costumes are Stuart in style to commemorate the restoration of Charles the Second.