Keith (Bogie) Leech Awarded MBE
Our congratulations to Keith Leech of the Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, for services to Heritage in East Sussex.
Keith was born ‘in the sound of Bow Bells” in 1954 and was brought up in East London. After teaching in London and Africa he settled in Hastings and reintroduced the Jack-in-the-Green, the Hastings Borough Bonfire celebrations and the Hollington Mummers play back into the community. He is an acknowledged expert on May Day, the traditional Jack-in-the-Green and Bonfire customs. He was awarded Hastings highest honour the “Order of 1066” in 1999 for his work in reintroducing customs to the town. He has adopted Hastings as his home and despite his cockney roots considers himself to be a Sussex man. He is a member of the Hastings Winkle club.
Keith has been instrumental in keeping the tradition of the Jack-in-the-Green alive in this country.