Derbyshire dancers greet the dawn on May Day
An ancient ritual to mark the birth of a new summer has been staged in heart of Derbyshire's Peak District
May Day celebrations have been carried out in England for over 2,000 years. The Romans celebrated the festival of Flora, goddess of fruit and flowers, in May, which marked the beginning of summer. Many of the old customs celebrating new life and fertility survive to this day, including Morris dancing and dancing around the Maypole.