MAY Day was a special day for the children of Great Harwood.

The girls, with the help of their mothers, would construct a maypole and add a garland of paper flowers and ribbons to it.

They danced round the maypole and sang as they collected pennies from friends and neighbours.

The group of children in this picture were dancing in St Edmund Street, taken before the Second World War.

The little girl on the left in black stockings, who was recorded to have been called Mrs Corbett when she reached adulthood, said she cried because she could not wear her white socks as it was too cold.

May Day has its roots in ancient pagan festivals marking the beginning of summer.

The earliest May celebrations recorded were part of the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held from April 27 to May 3 May during the Roman republic era.