jack – bogies – summer can start

May 3, 2010

Jack – in – the – Green is the main event here on May Bank Holiday with Jack seen as the winter form of the Green Man – the spirit of the forests. So it’s basically ‘green’ everywhere – rather a difficult colour in my opinion unless it’s on ‘live’ vegetation but hey, let’s get festive . . .

 . . Jack appears on left with his posie on right . . . the blue chimney brush is important here as we still sweep our chimneys ourselves . . .

. . another floral exhibit which probably has a hidden meaning . .. .

. . giants are also important as they protect the town! Goodness knows how, as they’re just made out of papier-mache but, at as they’re  4 metres high, that makes us feel safe especially as the town is inundated with ‘bikers’  . .  and people canvassing for this election . . .

. . another giant – a mermaid ? ? ? – who looks great when she’s turned full face – extremely supercilious . .

. . below is a hunter . .

. . some of the get ups are really fine . .

. . you must understand that this is normal clothing here – not dressing up at all  . . . looking at the backs of people, you notice their attention to detail even more . . .

. . this coterie are very all together – fashion designers or costume designers . . .

 . .  like to look at details . . .

. . and some headdresses and hats . .

. . individually some people look brilliant . . .

. . this is the fire-eater – he is part of the parade and the festivities in the castle meadow before Jack is slain to enable the spirit of summer to be released . . this year he’s a wasp!!  . .

. . the bogies are spirits that live in dark places and support Jack. They fall into 2 groups – Hastings bogies and Gay bogies – no more to say . . .

. . you can cover a face in green paint and the figure could be in a Breughel painting  . . .

. . or, in this case, Commedia dell ‘arte . . .

. . and to finish with Sonnet 18 (William Shakespeare). Good night. 

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

9 Responses to “jack – bogies – summer can start”

  1. Cloudier Says:

    Fantastic costumes, I like the detailed hats the best. Excellent photos as always. Next year you must take it up a notch with your get-up and I’ll take the photos🙂

  2. j Says:

    yes, you are absolutely right about next year but where will you be?

  3. anny evason Says:

    love the photos. What is the significance of the black apple in the top hat theatre model? Is he from Appledore? Why are the bogeys so-named?

  4. julia fogg Says:

    Hello A, as far as I understand, BOGIES live in dark places, like St Leonards, and they carry the Jack and ferret about supporting him. You can see them hiding away in the covered seating places on the front at the bottom of London Road any day of the week. Their costume includes a plastic bottle filled with . . . a soft drink . . and of course a Staffie.
    The black apple in the top hat – oh lor – I don’t know – anyone out there?


  5. Hello Julia. I was one of the recipients of a circular promoting your blog a little while ago. I don’t quite know how I came to be on the list, but I’m glad I was as I like what you do here. As it happens I have a bit of history re the Hastings Jack. Read about it here:

    http://clivehicksjenkins.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/tretower-and-what-i-did-there/

    Continued good luck with your blog. I shall keep returning.

    • julia fogg Says:

      Thanks Clive, I came across your page on creating the mask by chance hence sending the blog to you. I couldn’t see the mask clearly this year due to poor positioning on my part. Yours looked really fine – more meaningful to use a representation of a face that you knew well. Will email you on another topic. . . and have added your site as a link for anyone interested if that’s Ok?


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