Don’t miss Ilfracombe May Day Celebrations

Joseph Bulmer

MUCH merriment will be returning to Ilfracombe on Monday, May 2 as the town prepares to greet the summer with its May Day Celebrations.

Now in its 12th year, the popular events sees a small horde of green clad revellers make their way through the High Street to the seafront for the annual “Jack-in-the-Green” festivities.

Led by Town Crier Roy Goodwin, the May Queen and attendants will be joined by leaf-clad Jack with his Merry Men, plus street band Humdrumconundrum, the Lord and Lady of Misrule,

morris dancers plus maypole and country dancers from Ilfracombe’s Infant and Junior schools.

All are welcome to don something green and join them in the parade, which moves off from Wilder Road car park at 11am.

When the procession reaches the seafront at midday the children will dance the maypole, followed by country and morris dancing.

After the performance “Jack” will be led to the beach to be stripped of his greenery to symbolise the release of the “spirit of summer.”

Throughout the weekend from Friday to Monday the annual Landmark Beer Festival will also be in full swing, with plenty of local real ales and ciders plus a host of live bands.

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