All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Hastings Jack-in-the-Green 2013

Hastings Jack-in-the-Green 2013  ©  Rose Blakeley

Hastings Jack-in-the-Green 2013 © Rose Blakeley

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:

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