I have confirmation that two Jacks-in-the-Green greeted the May dawn this morning, both the Bluebell Hill (Rochester) and Winchcombe Jacks ignored the weather and were awoken by music, bells and dancing just after 5:30am. I’m still awaiting confirmation that the Lands End Jack was also greeting the dawn to the west but I’m very hopeful as I have heard that they were practicing hard. I’m also waiting for anyone to confirm that the Oxford and Deptford (Greenwich) Jacks went out a bit later in the day but again am confident that they did. I’m not expecting to hear that the City of London, Tunbridge Wells or the High Wycombe Jacks went out this year but would love to hear to the contrary.
This Saturday 3rd may sees the wonderful Bristol, Guildford, Knutsford and Highworth Jacks go out, do go and see them if you can. More details and links on our website HERE
The Winchcombe Jack will also be at Upton on Severn on Sunday May 4th, and meeting with the Sweeps Jack from Cheltenham at Sudeley Castle Winchcombe on Monday May 5th.
On Bank Holiday Monday 5th May the fantastic Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green will weave his magic (tip – get there for his awakening from the fisherman’s museums before the grockles arrive) as well as the Whitstable and Ilfracombe Jacks.
I’ll be out to see an old favourite Jack and make the acquaintance of a much revered one this weekend so might see some of you out there. Thanks to everyone who has sent me pictures of the Bluebell Hill Jack, I will get them all on our Flickr archive soon. I would really love to get any pictures of any of the other Jacks, please e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My thanks to Ian McLauchlan for the wonderful picture above this post of the Bluebell Hill (Rochester Jack) surrounded by twelve bonfires.
More updates to follow soon……..