Jack in the Green Festival :: Shared Description

This traditional Morris-dancing festival in Hastings attracts groups from all over the country. Taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, it culminates in a procession and a ceremony called Slaying of the Jack on the last day. The origins of the festival are linked to that of the May Pole. In the 16th and 17th centuries people in England would make garlands of flowers and leaves for the May Day celebrations. The tradition developed until people bedecked themselves in foliage. Chimney boys often covered themselves in grass and were nicknamed "Jack in the Green". The festival declined and disappeared during the 19th century. This festival has been held in Hastings since, its revival in 1983. LinkExternal link
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TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2010 - morris dancers by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green procession by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green festival, High Street by Oast House Archive
TQ8210 : The order of the Rye Longbowmen by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : A private seat by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2010 - Fire eater (3) by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 - Pentangle Drummers by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2010 - the Jack by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green procession by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 - a small Jack by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Old Town Deli by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green, All Saints' Street by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2010 - giant by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival - fish and jellyfish! by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2010 - the Ravens by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Sambalaco, Jack in the Green by Oast House Archive
TQ8210 : Giant at Jack in the Green procession, Collier Road  by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 - Eastbourne Giants by N Chadwick
TQ8210 : Front of the Jack in the Green procession by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Chimney sweeps at the Jack in the Green procession by Oast House Archive
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 - Bogey Drummers by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 - bagpipers by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2010 - a giantess by N Chadwick
TQ8209 : Jack in the Green Festival 2011 - the Bogeys by N Chadwick

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Created: Sat, 19 Jun 2010, Updated: Sat, 19 Jun 2010

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