Hello May

We love May here at Peach and not only because we get 2 Mondays off. Some of us have wedding anniversaries to celebrate and  it’s also the time of year when (hopefully) the sun starts to shine more frequently and we can enjoy those longer evenings.  

The traditional May Day bank holiday involves dancing around a maypole, not something I’ve ever done, however, as a child I do remember seeing Morris Dancers prancing around pub gardens on several occasions. There are many more traditions and superstitions for May including:

First thing in the morning on the 1st of May, young girls used to rush out into the garden to wash their faces in the May dew, apparently there’s a tale that the May dew has magic properties, removing freckles, spots and pimples, resulting in a beautiful complexion throughout the year.  I wish I’d known this before I left for work this morning, I could be looking 10 years younger by now.

May is also supposed to be an unlucky month for getting married, “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.  We have 2 wedding anniversaries in May for the team,  Richard and Amanda celebrate 28 years (Richard insists Amanda is a very lucky lady, personally I think he’s a very lucky man!) and, Warren and I got married on the 20th May (apparently that’s an unlucky day in May) 13 years ago. It’s a good job I’m not superstitious... Albeit I won’t cross on the stairs and I never put new shoes on the table.

There’s also a Pinch Bum day in May, not something I’m recommending though!

Notable Historical Dates in May include:
  • 5th May 1930 – Amy Johnson was the 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia
  • 6th May 1840 – The worlds 1st postage stamp, the “Penny Black” became valid for use in the UK
  • 6th May 1954 – Roger Bannister ran a mile in less than 4 minutes
  • 8th May 1945 – VE Day
  • 10th May 1994 – Nelson Mandela became the President of South Africa
  • 12th May 1820 – Florence Nightingale was born
  • 18th May 1955 – The first Wimpy Bar opened in London
  • 18th May 1991 – Helen Sharman became the first British woman in space
  • 28th May 1908 – Ian Fleming (author of the James Bond books) was born

So here’s to a great May, we’re hoping for sunshine so we can enjoy our long weekends outside and start thinking about Summer. 

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