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v. a choice to act or not, or a promise of a possibility, as distinguished from "shall" which makes it imperative. 2) in statutes, and sometimes in contracts, the word "may" must be read in context to determine if it means an act is optional or mandatory, for it may be an imperative. The same careful analysis must be made of the word "shall." Non-lawyers tend to see the word "may" and think they have a choice or are excused from complying with some statutory provision or regulation. (See: shall)

MAY. To be permitted; to be at liberty; to have the power.
     2. Whenever a statute directs the doing of a thing for the sake of justice or the public good, the word may is the same as shall. For example, the 23 H. VI. says, the sheriff may take bail, that is construed he shall, for he is compellable to do so. Carth. 293 Salk. 609; Skin. 370.
     3. The words shall and may in general acts of the legislature or in private constitutions, are to be construed imperatively; 3. Atk. 166; but the construction of those words in a deed depends on circumstances. 3 Atk. 282. See 1 Vern. 152, case. 142 9 Porter, R. 390.

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Bill was asked by the production company to view period footage of a giant Maypole, used in a 1919 Empire Day victory celebration to advise on choreography and work out how to build a 6-8 metre Maypole for the film which is on general release from September.
While most of us have been enjoying the height of summer it seems The Worker's Maypole, as it is called, has suffered the effects of the less clement days.
A statement explaining the installation went on to say: "Within the context of The Great Exhibition of the North, Grey's Monument reimagined as the Workers' Maypole would powerfully proclaim and celebrate these ideas within the heart of the city that has done so much to create the society visioned through the Workers' Maypole.
British May Day traditions include dancing around a Maypole, crowning a May Queen and Morris dancing.
FOOD, CRAFT AND CHARITY STALLS 10am-4pm, Church Road and High Street CROWNING OF THE MAY QUEEN 10.45am, the Maypole MAYPOLE DANCING 11am and 1pm MCELHINNEY SCHOOL OF DANCE, HOLYWOOD RHYTHMS IRISH DANCING PERFORMANCE 12noon, the Maypole JUMP, JIGGLE AND JIVE CHILDREN'S INTERACTIVE DANCING 12noon-4pm, High Street FANCY DRESS COMPETITION AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZES 12.15pm, assemble at the Maypole bar, judging at 12.30pm.
They include memories of maypole dancing at Roseworth Junior School in Stockton and a medieval fair with fun fairs and battle re-enactments.
But we still dance around the Maypole? Yes, but maypole cavorting and frolicking all but vanished following the Civil War when Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans took over the country in 1645.
Velautham Sarveswaran (pictured) who runs the Harvester fuel stations in Maypole, Redditch and Walsall, has vowed to carry on undercutting the big four.
If so, you may be in our archive photos of maypole dancing in schools in Birmingham and beyond through the years.
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CHILDREN at Exhall Cedars helped to keep alive the Great British tradition of maypole dancing.