Primal City – Jack’s alive!

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 2 May 2012 at 9:53 UTC

Belated Beltane greetings!

Yesterday I was out in the heart of the Great Wen, and across the river in Southwark, with the Mayday procession of the Deptford Jack in the Green. It must be a bit of a shock for the business-suited toiling ants of the City of London to see all this primal greenery amongst the plate glass and brushed steel ultra-modernism, but they soon get into the swing of it, and expressions of surprise quickly turn to smiles.

Deptford Jack in the Green in the City of London, Mayday 2012 (Francis Sedgemore)
The annual tour of the Deptford Jack takes in a number of City of London and Bankside hostelries, and in the middle includes a wobble over the wobbly bridge, with the gawky teenagers of the City of London school for the posh (founded originally as an educational charity for the poor) craning their necks out of upper floor windows on the north bank of the Thames, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the south. The Deptford Jack tour is a series of historical, architectural and cultural contrasts, and it is such good fun!