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Published on March 30, 2012 in
When: Back to Calendar May 7, 2012 – May 9, 2012 (all-day)
Where: Hastings
Cost: Free
Categories: All Day Event
Family / Child Friendly
Fancy Dress
Live Music
Tags: all day jack in the green mayday

Breakfast, 7:00am

Start the day with a “Morris Dancer Breakfast” in the crypt of St. Mary Star of the Sea from 7:30am to 9:00am. Proceeds to “The Two Towers Trust”

The Gathering, 9:45am

The Morris sides, the Bogies, the Sweeps and a whole host of other characters start to gather at the Net Huts in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town. The greening begins here!

The Release of the Jack, 10.15am

To a chorus of Bogie drummers, the Jack is released from the Fishermens Museum in Rock-a-Nore Road, where Mad Jack’s Women perform their magical dance around him. The Procession begins. After the Jack and his attendant Bogies come the men and women of Mad Jacks Morris , the Sweeps, the Giants, Hannah’s Cat Morris and all of Jacks other guests.

High Street , 11.15am

After moving through the Old Town, the Jack and the Procession pause for refreshment and dancing in the High Street . The procession will re-form at 11:45 to leave at 12:00.

From this point the route will turn up Swan Terrace, turn past St. Clements Church moving up Croft Road, along Collier Road and across the West Hill and into the Castle grounds.

The Castle, 12:30pm

The Jack arrives in the Castle via the Ladies Parlour while the Bogies drum the procssion in over the drawbridge from Ladies Parlour.

Spectator access to the Castle

Before procession arrives – both the normal entrance way and via the drawbridge from noon
Once procession arrives – normal entrance way only
After procession has entered the castle – the drawbridge will operate a one way system so it is quicker to enter via the normal entrance
Spectator tickets can be bought at both the normal entrance and at a ticket booth on Ladies Parlour at a charge of £3.00 adults or £1.00 for children.

Morris Dancing at the Castle, 12:45pm

Enjoy the afternoon as each Morris side showcases their dances. Visit the Craft Fair on the Ladies Parlour and tuck into some tasty snacks from the various food stalls.

The Slaying of the Jack, 3:30pm

After the dancing, the Bogies parade the Jack down to the stage where he is symbolically slain and the Spirit of Summer is released for another year.

Note that this is an approximate time for the finale due to the number of sides dancing, beer supply, acts of gods, Bogies, weather and just about anything else.

The bar closes, 4:30pm

The castle grounds close at 5:00 pm.

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