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Deptford Jack in the Green on Bankside for May Day

The Deptford Jack in the Green returned to Bankside and the South Bank this May Day.

Deptford Jack in the Green on Bankside for May Day

The jack in the green is an old May Day custom which has been revived in a number of towns around England since the 1980s.

The Deptford jack in the green was revived by the Blackheath Morris Men. It has visited Southwark before, notably in 2005 and 2007.

The jack is a beehive-like structure covered with foliage.

This year's circular route round SE1 started at The Market Porter near Borough Market and took in The Founders Arms, the Hole in the Wall, The Charles Dickens, The Lord Clyde and The Royal Oak before returning to Borough Market.

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