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.

Friday, 27th December 2019, 12:18 pm
Mad Jacks Morris on Boxing Day SUS-191227-101855001

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.