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Jack In The Green II
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Jack in the Green and Girl in Red-Black
The second impression of this once a year festival in Hasting.
I hope you like this scene better than yesterday’s purple-blue Jack.

Hastings hosts this festival each May Day Bank Holiday weekend (that’s the one early in the month). The main man is of course Jack himself, who is basically a man covered by a giant May Garland, and he leads a procession through town accompanied by morris men, Bogies and a May Queen to name but a few; once the procession arrives near the Castle at 3.30, Jack is slain and the Spirit of Spring released. The original ancient festival lapsed during the late Nineteenth Century, but it was revived during the 1980s and is now a very well established part of the calendar. The Procession is the highlight of the festival but music and dance events take place over the whole weekend. Also take time to visit the free Jack in the Green exhibition at History House on Courthouse Street – merchandise relating to the festival is on sale here. In 2012 the City of London Jack in the Green joined in the festivities. (website

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5130 W: 320 N: 9122] (35772)
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