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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!’

With the May Day Bank Holiday fast approaching, the town is getting itself ready for the roar of thousands of motorbikes expected to visit the town and line up along the seafront and throughout the town centre.

The event is organised by the bike1066 group, with its numerous trade stands featuring some of the biggest names in motorcycling.

Hastings has been a destination for bikers since the mods and rockers influx of 1964.   The May Day run originally started at Locksbottom on the Kent border with south London and followed the A21 to Hastings sea front.jack in the green

The Hastings May Day Bank Holiday also welcomes back its annual Jack in the Green Festival.  The main man Jack himself leads a procession through the town accompanied by morris men, Bogies and a May Queen.  Jack is then led up near the castle where he is slain and the Spirit of Spring is released.

This Bank Holiday is very popular in Hastings and sees the town coming together to celebrate the start of spring and the hope for lots of sunshine for the coming months.

Bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us, hopefully bringing the sunshine and a bit of warm weather with it.

The May Day bank holiday always brings a lot of people to Hastings whether is to come and see all the bikes along the seafront or to celebrate the Jack in the Green festivities.

We have put together this guide to let you know what’s happening in Hastings so you have plenty to choose from.

Jack in the Green

Jack in the Green will be back on Monday 4th May starting from the Fisherman’s museum leading his procession through the town accompanied by Morris Men, Bogies and a May Queen. The procession will continue up to the West Hill this year opposite the castle instead of inside the castle grounds. This is where Jack will be slain and the Spirit of Spring will be released.

This event will be starting at 10am and the slaying of Jack will be taking place at 3pm with activities and plenty of Morris Dancers throughout the day.

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May Day Run

If you are a lover of bikes Hastings is the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday.  Thousands of bikers visit Hastings every year travelling places such as Locksbottom, Farnborough and Kent parking up their bikes along the seafront for everyone to see.

This event has been taking place for over 34 years now and continues to grow every year.