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Jack is Alive!

Hammersmith Jack in the Green May dawn 2020

May morning can always bring surprises but this year despite what’s going on around us May Day is already putting a big smile on my face.

If you had told my last year that I would not only finally get back to Hastings for May Dawn but would be experiencing it from Keith Leech’s front room I would have assumed that you had imbibed too much Walpurgis Night mead. But there I was along with all the other early risers watching the sun rise over the rooftops of Hastings via Facebook along with Keith and Heather, some wonderful Morris Dancers a drummer and viewers from around the world. Jacks are springing up all over Hastings and further afield and I shall post pictures of as many as I can on our blog.

Then just after 6am The Smiffs, The World Famous Hammersmith Morris Men posted this brilliant video on YouTube of them all separately dancing Bampton Sidestep along with The Hammersmith Jack in the Green

Then a text message came through with the wonderful photograph below of The Winchcombe Jack in the Green seeing in dawn on his own this morning.

Winchcombe Jack in the Green May dawn 2020

This brilliant Jack saw dawn in from Usk in Wales and was brought to life by Marie Carter.

Usk Jack in the Green Mayday Dawn 2020

 

It’s a great start and I’ll post more pictures of any other Jacks as soon as I can.

 

6 responses

  1. Such a beautiful post! Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts here in the blighted Bronx, NY.Happy May Day!-Kelley Loftus Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: The Company of the Green ManSent: Friday, May 1, 2020 2:36 AMTo: kelo990@gmail.comSubject: [New post] Jack is Alive! Chris Walton posted: ” Hammersmith Jack in the Green May dawn 2020 May morning can always bring surprises but this year despite what’s going on around us May Day is already putting a big smile on my face. If you had told my last year that I would not only finally get bac”

    May 1, 2020 at 10:44 am

  2. Thank you Kelley sending you best wishes and a bit of Jacks magic!

    May 1, 2020 at 11:00 am

  3. Gerry

    The wonderful video of the Hammersmith Morris Men brought tears to my eyes. Such dedication and love of their art.

    May 1, 2020 at 2:05 pm

  4. Kate

    Wow! The Hammersmith Jack really brought a lump to my throat. I grew up in Hammersmith as a child. Thank you SO much to all who took part.

    May 1, 2020 at 3:46 pm

  5. Me too! It was wonderful to see

    May 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

  6. You’re the second person to say that today! Absolutely same for me it was brilliant

    May 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

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