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Knutsford Jack in the Green

I am hearing rumours that the Knutsford Royal May Day Jack-in-the-Green was seen out and about yesterday. I would love to receive confirmation of these rumours and a picture of this years Jack-in-the-Green if possible please.

The Knutsford Jack in the Green is probably the oldest continual annual Jack in the Green. Apart from the war years and one recent year it has paraded every year since 1889. May Day in Knutsford (Cheshire) is celebrated over the May Bank holiday weekend. The main focus is the May Queen. The person who plays Jack is chosen each year and is now played by a  youngster rather than an adult as it used to be. The Knutsford Jack was not one of the early Jacks but like many others in the late 19th Century was a much tamed Victorian revival having first appeared in May 1864 “based on earlier traditions and festivities” by the Rev. Robert Clowes the Vicar of Knutsford.

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2 responses

  1. John Roper

    I was at Knutsford yesterday. Royal May Day is the first Saturday in May ( sometimes after the Bank Holiday as it was this year. It also dates back to well before May Day being a Bank Holiday!). Jack in the Green was present and correct leading the Procession (after the Marshall on Horseback and the Town Crier). I arrived in Knutsford just after 10am (to see the sand inscriptions on the pavements, another local tradition for the event, before they were ruined by people walking on them). As I went past the old Town Hall, starting point of the procession, a large tractor and trailer drew up to deliver various Props ( I think this is probably the best word) such as Grace Darling’s Boat, prams for the Nannies to push, and the Green Man’s outfit (is this the best word?) which stood up on its own (presumably some sort of frame covered with foliage , with a wire window for the child to see his way). There many characters all portrayed by children and the organisers have a collection of costumes and have to find children of the right size to fit the costumes each year. There is a published history of Royal May Day by Joan Leech long since out of print but available second hand (Knutsford Oxfam yesterday had a couple of copies yesterday at £10 (but price may reflect place and date!)

    On 7 May 2017 at 08:42, The Company of the Green Man wrote:

    > thecompanyofthegreenman posted: “I am hearing rumours that the Knutsford > Royal May Day Jack-in-the-Green was seen out and about yesterday. I would > love to receive confirmation of these rumours and a picture of this years > Jack-in-the-Green if possible please. The Knutsford Jack in the Gr” >

    May 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  2. Thanks John, much appreciated. Joan Leech was a member of The Company of the Green Man and I was lucky enough to be in contact with her. She sent me a signed copy of Royal May Day which has a special place in my collection of books. I don’t suppose you managed to get a picture of this years Jack at all?

    May 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm

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