Tuesday, May 03, 2016
May Day 2016: Jack in the Green in Deptford and Greenwich
Another May Day, another procession through the streets of Deptford and Greenwich with the Fowlers Troop, featuring the Deptford Jack in the Green.
As in previous years it all started at the Dog and Bell pub in Deptford, before heading eastward down to the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park and various pubs.
Of course the area is changing, as it always has, some old pubs and bars have been and gone, others have sprung up in new riverside developments. In a way this procession represents something of a beating of the bounds, the enveloping of new spaces within a story of an older South East London (the current Jack in the Green dates back to the early 1980s, reviving a tradition recorded at the start of the 20th century). So on Sunday for instance, the procession visited the new Sail Loft pub overlooking the Thames between Deptford and Greenwich town centre.