Revive "Merry Old England" as pairs of boys and girls (or men and women) stand alternately around the base of the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. They weave in and around each other, boys going one way and girls going the other and the ribbons are woven together around the pole until the merry-makers meet at the base. The maypole is a 3m ( 10 ft ) tall Aluminium pole ( consisting of two screw together 1.5m lengths ), erected with twelve 4m long coloured ribbons suspended from the top with clip-on metal bolt snaps which can be removed for fewer dancers as required. At the bottom of the pole is a sturdy 48cm x 48cm ( 19" x 19" ) base which can be filled with sand or water ( 45L ) which keeps the pole stable. Often thought of as the "traditional" English/British maypole people (usually school children) perform dances around, weaving the ribbons in and out to create striking patterns.