On Monday, being the first Monday in May, there will be celebrations all over the country to celebrate the end of winter, the beginning of Spring and Summer and warmer weather!!! Well we can hope. Down on the Rame Peninsula we have the Black Prince Flower Boat procession, a revived tradition that started centuries ago. The procession starts in Millbrook, with traditional maypole dancing and then, once opened by the village town crier’s proclamation, it wends its way through the other villages until the [model]boat is launched into the sea at Cawsand Bay bidding farewell to winter. The boat is carried by six volunteers from HMS Raleigh, which is situated on the peninsula and they are followed by town criers, dignitaries in their finery, morris dancers and locals dressed for the occasion in red and white. Businesses and houses decorate their buildings with flowers and greenery and everywhere looks really pretty.
The procession takes up most of the day with the Millbrook section in the past starting with the maypole dancing at 10am and the procession starting to move around 10.30. It aims to get to Kingsand at around 2.30 and then the grand finale at around 4.30.
A few years back BBC Countryfile named the Black Prince Flower Boat one of the top 10 May Day events