A heavy sea mist was kept at bay as Ilfracombe’s May celebrations took place under sunny skies on Sunday.

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

The annual Jack-in-the-Green event is all about releasing the ‘spirit of summer’ and despite a heavy bank of coastal fog hanging along the shoreline, it seems to have been successful.

A green-clad procession – complete with giants and drummers – made its way through the town to the seafront, led by town crier Roy Goodwin.

At the ‘clapping circle’ by Capstone children from the audience were invited to join the maypole dancing.

Then they were welcomed forward to strip ‘Jack’ of his greenery and ensure the spirit of summer would smile down on the town for the season.

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

The annual event is always organised by volunteers and the procession was a good size this year, with many people joining the parade.

Ilfracombe May Day is grateful to the Tubby Foundation and North Devon Council’s community fund for their support.

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May Day celebrations 2018. Picture: Tony Gussin