Venue change for Jack-in-the-Green festivities

Jack in the Green, Hastings. Picture by Frank Copper.
Jack in the Green, Hastings. Picture by Frank Copper.

A CHANGE of venue will allow more people to enjoy the Jack-in-the-Green festivities say organisers.

The traditional procession on Bank Holiday Monday (May 6), which has in previous years ended at Hastings Castle, will now finish at an outdoor festival arena on the West Hill.

This is because the costs of using the castle are too high, however, according to Jack-in-the-Green chairman Keith Leech, the change is not necessarily a bad thing.

He said: “It means we can be bigger than ever. Last year, lots of people trying to get in were turned away at the door.”

Organisers say this year’s Jack-in-the-Green will have a more local feel than ever, with the line-up is for the big concerts and ceilidhs featuring a large number of local musicians.

This year, Jack in the Green will run from May 3 and build up to the grand procession on the Bank Holiday Monday (May 6).

Things will get going on Friday evening (May 3) at St Mary-in-the-Castle with local three piece Jiggery Pokery playing a mixture of folk tunes and popular music.

Saturday sees the big ceilidh take place with The Sugar Loaf Band, featuring ex-members of the 90s folk chart topping Banjax and the locally popular Catsfield Steamers, it promises to be a night of dancing.

On Sunday afternoon Hastings again plays host to the famous Copper Family of Rottingdean singing traditional Sussex songs.

Then on Sun-day evening there is a ceilidh with London based band Panjandrum, formed from the chart topping Committee Band.

Also on Sunday evening in All Saints Church, Zephyrus, with some of England’s best bagpipe players, will play an evening of English and French bagpipe music.

More details to follow in the coming months.