Ellesmere arts group to create magical May Day celebration

A fairyland gathering of sprites and a towering goddess will help create a magical May Day celebration for visitors to Ellesmere’s Cremorne Gardens.

Ellesmere Community Arts Group, Fizzgigs
Ellesmere Community Arts Group, Fizzgigs

Ellesmere Community Arts Group, Fizzgigs, will be building the fairy scene on Saturday using the bandstand as the setting for the community of sprites and the 12-foot high goddess of spring, Primavera.

The magical scene titled The Sprites of Spring will stay in place until Monday afternoon for socially distanced visitors to admire.

Fizzgigs musicians will also be providing live music.

The sprites and goddess figure, all symbolising Spring, have been built over several months by members of Fizzgigs and the local community who wanted to celebrate the end of a tough winter and look forward to a sunshine-filled summer.

“The restrictions mean that we can’t organise our usual events at the moment but we wanted to do something to celebrate May Day,” said Fizzgigs chairman Ian Andrew.

“The figure of Primavera is based on the angel that was outside St Mary’s Church at Christmas. We wanted to surround her with a gathering of fun loving sprites, some of them dancing around a maypole, others playing musical instruments and some just getting up to mischief,” he added.

The unveiling ceremony will be at the bandstand in Cremorne Gardens at 2pm on the Saturday and will also feature live music. The installations will be open for viewing from 10am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday with Fizzgigs musicians playing at 2pm on both days.

The group also organised a competition for local primary schoolchildren to name two of the sprites with a small prize for each winner in two age groups, presented at the unveiling ceremony.

Details of the event are available on the Fizzgigs website at wwww.fizzgigs.co.uk.

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