Hastings enjoyed another great May Day bank holiday, as the unlikely mix of Morris dancers and motorbikes packed the town.
Kevin Boorman, Hastings Borough Council’s marketing manager, explained :- “Both the revived ‘Jack in the Green’ festival of Morris dancing and the annual motorbike mass ride to Hastings have become firm favourites in our event calendar. Whilst other places may say that the May Day bank holiday hasn’t really caught on, that certainly can’t be said here, as Morris dancers and motorcyclists fill the whole town.
“This year of course the bank holiday actually fell on May 1st, which meant that there were far more Morris dancers and spectators ‘dancing at dawn’ on our West Hill this morning.
“We opened our West Hill lift – a 126 year old funicular railway – at 0430 this morning, and it was great to see dozens of Morris dancers and spectators taking advantage of the early morning lift.
“And although rain fell during the Jack in the Green procession this morning, the threatened thunderstorm held off all afternoon, and an estimated 5 000 spectators on the West Hill enjoyed the spectacle of different Morris sides dancing against the dramatic backdrop of a rough English Channel.
“The Jack in the Green Festival is organised by a group of volunteers, and we are very grateful to them for what they do to put on one of our most popular, and unusual, events. We are well known for being quirky and different, and today showed why!’