All things Green Man & the traditional Jack-in-the-Green

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green

I am very happy to report that the Ilfracombe Jack in the Green went out today in a fantastic procession through the streets of Ilfracombe. My thanks to Kelly Raveney and everyone involved for putting up with me getting in the way with my camera today. Jack in the Green was accompanied by spectacular giants, Humdrumconundrum drummers and a host of wonderful characters.  The parade ended at the clapping circle overlooking the sea. Maypole dancing ensued and then Jack was ritually stripped of his greenery to help usher in the summer. Much liquid sunshine was evident but it didn’t put a dampener on a magical day.

Ilfracombe’s Jack-in-the-Green procession was started in 2000 by Lisa Sture. Local children were involved and it was supported by local morris teams. Another descendant of the Hastings Jack, the Ilfracombe Jack event also finished with the release of the spirit of summer and the distribution  of leaves often on Ilfracombe beach. The Ilfracombe Jack did not appear in 2015 after the previous committee were unable to continue. Kelly Raveney stepped in to help and Ilfracombe’s May Day Celebrations returned in 2016

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4 responses

  1. Kate

    What a wonderful Jack! A happy May Day to one and all.

    April 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  2. Kelly Raveney

    It was a pleasure to have you at our parade And I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures you got. If anybody would like more information in future parades you can find us on Facebook. Jack in the Green Ilfracombe.
    Thanks again. Kelly Raveney🌻

    May 1, 2017 at 11:47 am

  3. Was a great day thanks Kelly. The link to the Ilfracombe Jack in The Green Facebook page will be added to our events page as a permanent link.Loads more photos will be uploaded soon.

    May 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

  4. Kelly Raveney

    Fabulous! I cannot wait to see them. I going to work on a website so I shall keep you posted of any details and if you don’t mind I shall use some of your pictures.

    May 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

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