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Two people with ivy on their heads, and one with a dyed green beard, shelter under a large umbrella with photographs of trees in Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Great use of a Wheel of the Seasons umbrella ©JJ Waller

JJ Waller’s Jack in the Green 2024

As a tribute to everyone that braved the rain we are featuring a picture special by photographer JJ Waller who writes:

“The past weekend has largely featured water at its centre, but in classic Hastings & Saint Leonards style it has focused on the tenacity, creativity and community spirit of the locals. Jack in the Green 2024 was another superb festival event that exemplifies the town’s ability to celebrate in a unique coming together seldom matched by another ‘better’ resourced festival along the coast in Brighton.”

A crowd of spectators with raincoats and umbrellas await the next act to perform on the stage at Jack in the Green. The stage is puddled in water and reflects the crowd.

Despite the weather, the audience thronged around the stage ©JJ Waller

The lower half of Rheda's Dream morris side. Dressed in colourful but drenched tatters and tights, dancing on a wet stage which reflects their morris boots and bells around their ankles.

The wet stage was no challenge to the many teams of Morris dancers including new St Leonards’ Morris side Rheda’s Dream. ©JJ Waller

2 people, one clothed head to foot in a flowery rain coat and one in a woolen shawl and very wet green dress take shelter together in one of the stalls selling clothing at the Jack in the Green site on the West Hill.

Shopping and shelter from the storm ©JJ Waller

A puppy in a plastic rain coat sits on the wet grass at Jack in the Green festival looking bedraggled and rather fed up.

Even the puppy looks fed up with the rain! ©JJ Waller

Two people sitting on the wet grass with their rucksacks next to them having a hearty sing-along despite the inclement weather.

But the weather didn’t stop people from enjoying themselves and having a sing-song! ©JJ Waller

A man in a spikey headdress and full length tatter coat carries his pitchfork and staff home past a front garden with blue bells and 2 spikey palms.

And everyone went home tired but happy – in the hope of having a bath – if Southern Water would allow it! ©JJ Waller

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Posted 10:08 Tuesday, May 7, 2024 In: One Long Party

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