JACK IN THE GREEN (Hastings, Sussex)

JACK IN THE GREEN (Hastings, Sussex)

An excellent chance to follow what looks like a moving hedge through town on the May Bank Holiday. Known as the Jack, he's attended by green-faced 'Bogies' and a Morris group, and later gets 'slain' amid the cliff-top castle ruins. It all began as a form of legalised begging for chimney sweeps out of work during the summer months - the Jack began as a garland but grew and grew until he covered the person beneath.