Tuesday, April 29, 2008

May Day Green and Red

Over a hundred years ago, the photographer Thankful Sturdee took this photograph in Deptford of the Fowlers Troop with their May Day Jack in the Green. Their present day descendants will be taking the Deptford Jack in the Green out for his annual walk on Thursday 1st May, with a focus this year on the South Bank area. The meeting place and route for this Thursday are shown below (all times are subject to change, depending on beer and climate).

10.30 - 11.30: Borough Market – Market Porter, (Free House) Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA,
Deptford Jack prepares, and leaves at 11.30 sharp.
Stoney St, Clink St, Bankside, Jubilee Walkway
11.40 - 11.50: Globe Theatre
11.55 - 12.35: Founders Arms, (Youngs) Hopton Street, SE1 9JH
12.35 -12.45: Tate Modern, Bankside
Hopton St, Upper Ground
12.55 - 1.35: Gabriels Wharf (various refreshments) & National Theatre
Upper Ground, Waterloo Road
1.45 - 2.40: Hole in the wall, (Free House)5 Mepham Street, SE1 8SQ
Exton St, Roupell St, Meynott St, Blackfiars Rd, Union Street
2.55 - 3.45: Charles Dickens, (Free House) 160 Union Street, SE1 0LH
Union St, Pepper St, Doyce St, Clenham Street
4.00 - 4.40: Lord Clyde, (Free House) 27 Clenham St, SE1 1ER
Marshalsea Rd, Great Dover Rd, Silvester St
4.45 – 5.45: Royal Oak, (Harveys) 44 Tabard Street, SE1 4JU
Borough High St, Stoney Street
6.00 – 11.30? Market Porter (again) – Thank you and Good night
Basically its a procession with English folk music and a frame decorated with spring foliage - a dancing bear might also be in attendance, or at least a grown man dressed as one. If you've never made it to this, you really should.
Also on Thursday, The Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir are hosting their annual May Day event at Brockley Social Club, 240 Brockley Road, SE4, with a collection of socialist songs for international workers day. All welcome from 7:30 pm.

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