Dancing up the sun on May Day morning

Mad Jacks Morris were up with the lark today for the traditional May Day dancing at dawn.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 10:22 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:30 am
Dancing at Dawn, West Hill, Hastings. Photo by Kevin Boorman. Three local sides, Mad Jacks Men, Mad Jacks Women, and Hannahs Cat, followed the tradition of dancing at dawn on May Day, on Ladies Parlour, against the historic backdrop of Hastings Castle. Starting at 0500, each side performed a number of dances, with the event finishing with a mass dance around the perimeter of Ladies Parlour. SUS-180105-085138001

People gathered at the Ladies Parlour, on the West Hill, from 4.30am, for the celebration of summer.

The old custom seemed to do the trick heralding in a bright, sunny morning, after a day of torrential rain on Monday.

Dancing at Dawn is the precursor to a weekend of celebrations for Jack in the Green, which culminates in a colourful procession from the Old Town to the West Hill on Monday.

Dancing at Dawn, West Hill, Hastings. Photo by Kevin Boorman. Three local sides, Mad Jacks Men, Mad Jacks Women, and Hannahs Cat, followed the tradition of dancing at dawn on May Day, on Ladies Parlour, against the historic backdrop of Hastings Castle. Starting at 0500, each side performed a number of dances, with the event finishing with a mass dance around the perimeter of Ladies Parlour. SUS-180105-085151001