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Pictures from the 2000 event, possibly the best yet!
2000 - Click Here for Pictures around the firesite
2000 - Click Here for Criers and Fires 2000

The 1999 Event was a magnificent event - 
1999 - Click Here to see just how good it was!
1999 - Click Here to see if your Bonfire Society has been immortalised
1999 - Click Here to see the Internationally famous Town Criers who took part in the procession "Criers and Fires"


What have Morris Dancing and Bonfire got in common?. Both are rooted in English history; involve dressing up and public display; good company and the chance to travel and meet new people. Most importantly, both are great fun and get better every year.

"MAD JACKS" were formed over twenty years ago. We are a mixed side; that is both men and women, although we dance as separate teams. Our philosophy is to dance well and enjoy ourselves and to this end we have over the years travelled all over England and visited other countries in Europe and the U.K.. However most of our dancing is done in and around Hastings and St. Leonards and its environs.

The history of Morris Dancing is, like Bonfire very old, and its true origins are not known Traces of it are found all over Europe and Asia Minor. There are at least seven styles of Morris danced in England today, and we dance one named "Cotswold" after the part of the country it comes from. There used to be a Sussex Morris dance but over the years it has got lost.

"MAD JACKS" are also heavily involved in the "Jack in the Green" celebrations on May Day, and over Christmas/New Year in Mumming and "Border" style dancing ending up on the West Hill on New Years Day We are always looking for new members, either experienced or not, as dancers or musicians. We practice over the winter and meet every Monday at eight fifteen p.m. in the "Royal Standard" in the Old Town. You will be very welcome to come along and find out what it's all about and whether or not it's for you. Alternatively phone 716840. Hope to see you soon, and enjoy the Bonfire.

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