Jack in the Green, chimney sweeps and Morris dancers: May Day fever sweeps the ...

Jack in the Green, chimney sweeps and Morris dancers: May Day fever sweeps the ...
Jack in the Green, chimney sweeps and Morris dancers: May Day fever sweeps the ...

Hastings has celebrated the traditional start of summer with a splash of green - as part of the Jack of the Green legend festival.

The festival takes place over four days every May and culminates with a procession through Hastings' Old Town on the May bank holiday Monday.

The festival's greenery celebrates the blooming flowers and foliage which precipitates the coming of spring.

Revellers lined the streets clad in green to celebrate the coming of spring with a procession of vibrant costumes walking down the streets of historic Hastings, East Sussex.

References were seen to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this summer as the parade continued through the Old Town.

Costumed participants were seen wearing a myriad of colourful outfits which fit with the theme with the start of the warmer months.

Jack of the Green, the central character of the festival, symbolises winter and the tradition started in the 17th century as part of May Day celebrations. 

Jack was first referenced in 1770 with some historians believing that the character goes back further and has pagan roots.

The legend of Jack evolved during the 1700s and eventually ended up covering Jack from head to foot in foliage, hence Green Jack then became known as Jack in the Green.

The traditional festival also involves creative decorative neck or headwear from flowers and leaves which were worn while dancing around a Maypole. Many visitors to the festival this year carry on the tradition, wearing their own garlands to see the parade.

Some people even put a modern twist on the festival, bring green smoke flares to create an even more spirited atmosphere.

Elsewhere in the UK, traditional Morris dancers entertained the crowds for May Day celebrations. 

May Day celebrations took over the UK today, a traditional festival which takes place over four days every May, culminating with a procession through Hastings' Old Town (pictured) on bank holiday Monday

May Day celebrations took over the UK today, a traditional festival which takes place over four days every May, culminating with a procession through Hastings' Old Town (pictured) on bank holiday Monday

The festival's greenery celebrates the blooming flowers and foliage which precipitates the coming of spring .References were seen to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (pictured) this summer as the parade continued through the Old Town

The festival's greenery celebrates the blooming flowers and foliage which precipitates the coming of spring .References were seen to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (pictured) this summer as the parade continued through the Old Town

Revellers lined the streets clad in green to celebrate the coming of spring with a procession of vibrant costumes walking down the streets of historic Hastings, East Sussex

Revellers lined the streets clad in green to celebrate the coming of spring with a procession of vibrant costumes walking down the streets of historic Hastings, East Sussex

Costumed participants were seen wearing a myriad of colourful outfits which fit with the theme with the start of the warmer months. Jack of the Green, the central character of the festival, symbolises winter and the tradition started in the 17th century as part of May Day celebrations

Costumed participants were seen wearing a myriad of colourful outfits which fit with the theme with the start of the warmer months. Jack of the Green, the central character of the festival, symbolises winter and the tradition started in the 17th century as part of May Day celebrations

Jack was first referenced in 1770 with some historians believing that the character goes back further and has pagan roots. Local residents pictured taking part from their window

Jack was first referenced in 1770 with some historians believing that the character goes back further and has pagan roots. Local residents pictured taking part from their window

The legend of Jack evolved during the 1700s and eventually ended up covering Jack from head to foot in foliage, hence Green Jack then became known as Jack in the Green

The legend of Jack evolved during the 1700s and eventually ended up covering Jack from head to foot in foliage, hence Green Jack then became known as Jack in the Green

The traditional festival also involves creative decorative neck or headwear from flowers and leaves which were worn while dancing around a Maypole

The traditional festival also involves creative decorative neck or headwear from flowers and leaves which were worn while dancing around a Maypole

Many visitors to the festival this year carry on the tradition, wearing their own garlands to see the parade

Many visitors to the festival this year carry on the tradition, wearing their own garlands to see the parade

Some people even put a modern twist on the festival, bring green smoke flares to create an even more spirited atmosphere

Some people even put a modern twist on the festival, bring green smoke flares to create an even more spirited atmosphere

People pictured attending the May Day bank holiday Jack In The Green parade in Hastings on bank holiday Monday

People pictured attending the May Day bank holiday Jack In The Green parade in Hastings on bank holiday Monday

The Ellington Morris dancers entertained visitors and locals in Henley on Thames to celebrate the arrival of summer.

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