THE 10th anniversary of Ilfracombe s Jack in the Green Celebrations for May Day continued its tradition of confounding the weather gods as the spirit of summer was released once more. The annual procession was bigger and better than ever, led by Town C

THE 10th anniversary of Ilfracombe's Jack in the Green Celebrations for May Day continued its tradition of confounding the weather gods as the "spirit of summer" was released once more.The annual procession was bigger and better than ever, led by Town Crier Roy Goodwin, with leaf clad "Jack," his merry lads and lasses, a giant and numerous costumed characters.Arriving at the seafront, children from the junior and infant schools danced the maypole. In keeping with the occasion the rain stopped and the sun shone while they danced, but unfortunately it clouded over again as soon as the dancing ended! After the dancing "Jack's" leafy boughs were stripped away on the beach and the "spirit of summer" released."It was a very successful day and as usual we drove the rain clouds away!" said organiser Gary Thompson."The children of both junior and infant schools once again did their town proud. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and took part on Monday and at the extra events this year on Sunday."The bid by Humdrumconundrum to attract 100 street drummers for the anniversary nearly achieved its target, with almost 90 joining the parade, including several percussionists from West Buckland School.Regular country dancers the Ilfracombe Red Petticoats were joined by guests Fox's Border Morris and Phoenix Morris, with dancing on Sunday by local team Borderline.