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WNTV: SEEING IN MAY DAY 2009 IN THE FOG

With our heads in the clouds, we didn't actually see the sun during this year's May Hill, Sunrise Festival. As my daughter, Sarah and I drove to the venue, the stars were visible in a black sky but there was one cloud, hanging in the sky right above May Hill. It remained there throughout the traditional gathering for May Day, from which May Hill takes its name.

It felt quite spooky walking up to the trees at the top of the hill in darkness and fog, or cloud so thick that we could not see the copse of trees at the summit until we were within a few feet of them, but once there, gasping for breath we were greeted by quite a gathering crowd and in true English tradition, the celebration went ahead. The BBC were also covering the event for BBC Gloucestershire and were the first to introduce themselves to Sarah and I but then the various morris men also began to recognize us, despite the conditions of extremely poor visibility. A small party from Ross turned up for the event but most were from Gloucestershire.

As always, the atmosphere was fantastic, the fog adding to it, even if it did make photography very difficult. A short (10 minute) film of this year's event can be watched below.

If any reader happens to be walking May Hill and finds a white defuser for a Nikon Speedlight (flash gun), it's mine. I realized when I got home that I had lost it up there this morning. Thanks.

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The May Hill May Day Sunrise Festival 2009.

The May Day Sunrisers pose for a group photograph.

Jack in the Green and friends.

May Day Musicians.

Lassington Oak Morris start the morning's sunrise celebration.

The England's Glory Clog Dancers.

Forest of Dean Morris.

Watching the celebration in the fog.

A song from Lassington Oak.
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