Three hundred people gather to welcome May Day in Hastings

May Day Morris dancers on West Hill, Hastings. Picture courtesy of Kevin Boorman SUS-160105-100135001
May Day Morris dancers on West Hill, Hastings. Picture courtesy of Kevin Boorman SUS-160105-100135001
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Morris dancers continued the time honoured tradition of dancing up the sun as they danced at dawn on Ladies Parlour, West Hill, Hastings this morning (Sunday May 1).

More than 300 people watched local Morris sides Mad Jack’s, Mad Jack’s Ladies and Hannah’s Cat, joined by Clausentum from Southampton, dancing from 5am.

May Day Morris dancers on West Hill, Hastings. Picture courtesy of Kevin Boorman SUS-160105-100146001

May Day Morris dancers on West Hill, Hastings. Picture courtesy of Kevin Boorman SUS-160105-100146001

It was one of the biggest May Day morning gatherings in Hastings for some years, helped by the good weather.

The clear sky provided a great view as the sun rose over Hastings Old Town, and the audience were then invited to join in a final dance around Ladies Parlour.

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May Day Morris dancers on West Hill, Hastings. Picture courtesy of Kevin Boorman SUS-160105-100208001

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May Day Morris dancers on West Hill, Hastings. Picture courtesy of Kevin Boorman SUS-160105-100157001

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