Town is preparing for green-clad fun in the annual Jack-in-the-Green Celebrations on Monday, May 7.

THE people of North Devon have been invited to travel to Ilfracombe this May Day bank holiday to let their hair down – especially if it’s green.

The annual Ilfracombe Jack-in-the-Green Celebrations return to the town on Monday, May 7, with a parade, maypole dancing and much merriment.

The procession will set off from Wilder Road car park at 11am, led by Town Crier Roy Goodwin, the May Queen and her attendants the leaf-clad “Jack” and his Merry Men, street drummers Humdrumconundrum, the Lord and Lady of Misrule and Morris, maypole and country dancers from Ilfracombe Infant and Junior schools.

It will make its way along the High Street, down to the harbour and then finish at the seafront, followed by maypole and country dancing before Jack is stripped of his greenery and “the spirit of summer” is released.

All are welcome to join in and even take something to make a noise with - a whistle, drum or even a tin lid and spoon. Green clothing is useful but not essential!