It is with much happiness (because it happened) and sadness (because I couldn’t be there this year) that I announce that the Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green was (fairly) safely released from the Fisherman’s Museum on Rock-a-Nore Road for the 31st year in a row. He was attended as always by his honour guard of Twelve Bogies who I am reliably told this year smelt faintly of a combination of Turkish Delight and Vimto. Jack led the procession and was followed by Black Sal, Mad Jack’s Morris, The Sweeps, The May Queen, Hannah’s Cat, The Lovely Ladies, The Gay Bogies, The Hastings Giant (and other Giants), Sambalanco and many, many other followers (mostly in green). The procession finished at it’s new location on the West Hill where Jack was slain to release the spirit of summer. My thanks to Rose Blakeley for her wonderful pictures and my JITG gift. Details of Rose’s wonderful book “A Pathway Through The Seasons” which features the Hastings Jack can be found at: http://www.apathwaythroughtheseasons.co.uk/
I’m happy to announce that the Whitstable Jack-in-the-Green was spotted today taking part in the Whitstable May Day celebrations. Jack was accompanied as always by Oyster Morris and their Green Man dressed in white and green. My thanks to Pixyledpublications for some fantastic photographs and runs a brilliant calendar customs blog at http://www.traditionalcustomsandceremonies.wordpress.com
I am very pleased to be able to report that for the 14th year the Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green has been spotted. Jack joined the Town Crier and the May Queen and was attended by his Merry Men.
Jack traveled along the High Street, down Fore Street, along Broad Street and St James’ Place and arrived at the ‘Clapping Circle’ near the Landmark Theatre. Later the ‘Stripping of Jack’ ceremony took place on Wildersmouth beach, symbolising the release of the spirit of summer.
I would be extremely grateful for any photos or accounts of the Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green. I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org