Braving the rain to keep a Hastings Boxing Day tradition alive
A torrential downpour on Boxing Day failed to deter local Morris dancers Mad Jacks and Hannah’s Cat from gathering on Winkle Island on Boxing Day for their annual seasonal performance.
A few hardy souls braved the rain to watch them before the Morris sides decamped to the Jenny Lind pub in the High Street to continue the revelries with a Mummers Play. The Mummers also performed their play to a large crowd in the Jolly Fisherman micro-pub.
Another tradition which took place in the Old Town on the same date was the annual Boxing Day Hunt, a mad chase around the pubs with people dressed up as foxes and huntsmen and women. The foxes hide a tail in every pub which the huntsmen have to find before they can continue the pursuit. Picture by Kevin Boorman.