THE May Day bank holiday will not be moved, according to tourism minister John Penrose, meaning organisers of the famous Jack-in-the-Green festival can breath a sigh of relief.
A government proposal early last year to move the holiday to a date in October was met by fierce local opposition over fears that Hastings would face a huge dent to tourism, and Jack-in-the-Green would be no more.
The minister indicated that the government would be guided by the results of a public consultation.
Hastings MP Amber Rudd got behind the campaign to keep the May Day Bank Holiday, and last April organised for a delegation from Hastings, including Morris dancers, may queens, and drummers, to hand over a petition signed by almost 5,000 people opposing the change, to Mr Penrose.
She said: “A triumph for Hastings and for common sense. It was a team effort from many of us in Hastings, and I think it was the dancing on the College Green opposite the House of Commons that won it!”
Chairman of the Jack-in-the-Green celebrations, which see thousands flock to Hastings, said: “It is fantastic news for Hastings.
“The contingency plan was that the whole thing would have been cut down and been a shadow of its former self.
“A big thanks to Amber Rudd for organising the protest.”