Special guest the spirit of summer arrived early for the Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green May celebrations today (Sunday, May 5).

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

A green-clad procession led by town crier Roy Goodwin and 'Jack' himself, made its way from the seafront along the High Street, around the harbour and back to the seafront.

Revellers of all ages wearing bright colours joined the parade, which featured Samba Baia plus all manner of spring-inspired outfits.

The giant Brigid, seen in spring as the manifestation of growth and renewal, will be joined by her partner, Bres, and a new tree giant, Thorne, commissioned by Ilfracombe and District Tourist Association.

At the 'Clapping Circle' by Capstone on the seafront, a crowd gathered to watch Maypole dancing to music from some of the younger participants.

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Then it was a free-for-all as 'Jack' was stripped of his greenery and the spirit of summer released - we all hope - for another year.

Onlookers were encouraged to take home a piece of greenery to mark the occasion.

Organiser Kelly Raveney said: "Another fabulous turn out for the parade this year and would like to say a big thank you to the public for coming.

"I can honestly say it's the best since I've took over in 2015. I'm sure people would agree atmosphere was amazing, and I couldn't be happier with the maypole and would like to thank Darren Sturgess for playing hand-pans!

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

"Also a big thank you to Marnie Quy and the marshals for ensuring a safe flow. Roy Goodwin our town crier, Samba Baia our drummers, Lynn and Jack, Jay Latchford, Sarah Garnor, The Wellington Pub and Sandpiper, our giant and Jack carriers, Netti Pearson and family for their ongoing support.

"We have plans to make another appearance this year. However be sure to see you the first Sunday of May in 2020 and don't forget to follow us on Facebook at Jack in the Green Ilfracombe."

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe's May celebrations for 2019. Picture: Tony Gussin