The sun shone and much mirth was had as Ilfracombe celebrated May Day with its 14th Jack-in-the-Green procession, dancing and music.

Scenes from the Ilfracombe May Day Celebrations 2013. To order this picture click on the myphotos24 link to the left of this page.Scenes from the Ilfracombe May Day Celebrations 2013. To order this picture click on the myphotos24 link to the left of this page.

THERE was no danger of the ‘Spirit of Summer’ slipping up yesterday (Monday) as Ilfracombe marked its 14th May Day Celebrations under glorious skies.

The festivities saw ‘Jack-in-the-Green’ and green clad revellers led through the High Street to the seafront by Town Crier Roy Goodwin, accompanied by the ‘Lord and Lady of Misrule’, drummers Humdrumconundrum, plus Morris dance groups Bideford Phoenix Morris and The Tinners Morris from South Zeal.

At the seafront May Queen Stasia Gallagher was crowned and there was maypole dancing by children from Ilfracombe Junior School.

Then ‘Jack’ was led down to the beach where his greenery was stripped off and the ‘Spirit of Summer’ released, to the fervent hope it lasts a little longer this year…

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