Video: Embracing spirit of summer with Jack in the Green

Morning rain and mist failed to dampen the spirit of thousands of May Day revellers who packed the streets of the Old Town for the Jack in the Green celebration on bank holiday Monday.

There was a party atmosphere as the huge procession would its way through the streets led by Jack, a dancing tower of leaves, and his green bogie attendants. They were followed by a host of colourful characters in stunning costumes, Morris dancers, musicians, chimney sweeps and drummers. Special guests this year were La Lachera carnival from Rocca Grimaldi, Italy, who are famous for their masks.

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064526001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064526001

Jack was released from the Fisherman’s Museum at 10.15am and the procession made its way up All Saints Street and down the High Street, pausing for dancing displays, before continuing up Croft Road, to the West Hill.

After an afternoon of dancing and celebrations on the hill, the Jack was slain to release the spirit of summer and leaves were handed out to the crowd to bring them good luck.

Hastings Jack in the Green founder and Chief Bogeyman Keith Leech said: “It was an excellent and trouble-free event this year and the crowds along the route and on the hill were incredible, despite the weather.

“It was amazing that the sun shone right at the moment we released the spirit of summer.”

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064515001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064515001

Pictures by Frank Copper.

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Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064330001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064330001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064135001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064135001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064101001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064101001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064549001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064549001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064049001

Jack in the Green 2016. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-160305-064049001