Putting Hastings on the map! A day of celebration, tradition… and bikes!

Hastings enjoyed one of its busiest and best weekends on record as visitors flocked to the town to enjoy the Jack in the Green Morris dancing festival and Bike 1066 events.

Councillor Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead member for tourism said: “What a fantastic weekend! We’ve heard a number of reports from people who said they have never seen Hastings so busy.

“The combination of the Jack in the Green weekend, the 40th May Day motor bike run and glorious weather, meant the town enjoyed one of its most successful bank holidays ever. The car parks filled up very quickly and the trains were arriving at the station completely full, giving the town a real buzz, and a wonderful atmosphere.

“Last year the Jack in the Green finale was brought forward because of the rain, this year it was earlier because of the heat, the Morris sides and ‘bogies’ (green costumed characters who look after the Jack) had been dancing and processing since 10.15am and were so hot that that they decided to slay the Jack just before 3.30pm, rather that 4pm as planned.

“The motorbikes were just fantastic, attracting huge crowds too, taking up almost every inch of available space on the seafront and in the town centre.

“All in all it was a brilliant long weekend for the town, in every respect, and I’d like to thank all of the organisers for the tremendous job they do, particularly the Jack in the Green committee who are all volunteers. We certainly put Hastings on the map this weekend.”

Oh they do like to be beside the seaside! Daniel Hewson captured this stunning shot of Hastings seafront yesterday.
Stunning photography that sums up the day. Another shot by Daniel Hewson that shows the crowds flocking to Hastings Pier.
Crowds gather to watch the parade in the High Street.
A parade that is always colourful and varied.
Traditional Morris Dancers are always a big draw for visitors to the town and local alike.
The whole day is such an amazing spectacle.
Bikes of all shapes and sizes.
Bikes everywhere.
Making your way along George Street on Monday was ‘challenging’.
The overwhelming colour of the day was green. Well the clue is in the name ‘Jack in the Green’.
The east hill provides so spectacular views of the town.

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