Jack’s Alive (Monday May 4th)
The Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green was released from the Fisherman’s Museum on Rock-a-Nore Road at approximately 10am this morning accompanied by his attendant Bogies and a fantastic gathering of green folk. The Hastings Jack is a massive event now, but the release of Jack still maintains an incredible feeling of magic and wonder. Jack paraded through the town of Hastings during the day arriving at the West Hill at in the early afternoon. Various entertainments ensued before Jack was paraded down to the main stage by the bogies. There Jack was symbolically slain to release the spirit of summer for another year. The Whitstable Jack-in-the-Green Procession started from Harbour Street in the early afternoon. Jack paraded up to the castle accompanied by Oyster Morris and various other Morris sides where he presided over the singing of the May song and dancing. This is another magical event that really must be seen. The wonderful Dead Horse Morris Jack-in-the-Green made a brief appearance in Whitstable today. The Cheltenham Sweeps Jack-in-the-Green was at Sudeley Castle Winchcombe for two outings at this years Victorian May Day. He was also joined by the Winchcombe Jack-in-the-Green. The Company of the Green Man maintains a free to access archive of pictures of the traditional Jack in the Green. I would be extremely grateful for any pictures of any of this years (and previous years) Jacks for the archive.