Rottingdean Smugglers. Is the final event of the Sussex Bonfire Societies.
The town of Rottingdean has had a long history directly connected with both the Bonfire Societies, established in the mid 1500’s and smuggling harking back hundreds of years.
This year, the members of the Rottingdean Smugglers Bonfire Society are calling on people who live in the local area to join their ‘club’ so that they can take part in the torch lit procession of pirates and smugglers. Membership of this fabulous Bonfire Society is only £4.00 and you will then become part of this gathering of self-confessed pyro maniacs.
Looking back in history between the mid 17th and 19th centuries, smugglers ran contraband ashore from local landing sites. The ‘booty’ included tea, coffee, gin, spices and brandy along with other non consumables like lace and materials. The goodies were taken ashore and hidden in caves which had been dug into the cliffs. Even the local vicar, Dr Thomas Hooker, was said to have got in on the act when he used to stand lookout for the smugglers. Now whether this is all hearsay or not will of course never be proven but it makes for an interesting tale nonetheless.
This year’s event is to take place on Saturday 7th December 2013 and the schedule of events is as follows:
• 5:30 – Anniversary service outside the Black Horse
• 6:00 – Drumming around the village with support from other bonfire societies including section 5 from Hastings, Skuldrummery from Lewes and Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul from Brighton
• 7:00 – Buccaneer March – 300 torches, smugglers parade, bands, smoke barrel and fire carts
• 7:30 – Cenotaph memorial service with a drum salute and fireworks
• 8:00 – The French Raiders parade back to the coast followed by ground fireworks on the Beach
• 8:30 – Ground Fireworks display
So, if you live in the area and have a love of all things pyro, get along and show your support making new friends along the way.
Reports say that it was a spectacular sight to see as the skies over Abu Dhabi were lit up last night in celebration of the 42nd National Day.
The City was alight with merriment for the whole of the two days of celebrations culminating in a massive fireworks spectacular.
Throughout the day, Military Jets were entertaining the citi’s residents with some daring aerobatics showing the Abu Dhabi colours in the sky above.
There were any number of special dance events and non more so that the one which took placed on the breakwater area where dozens of men held aloft imitation rifles over their left shoulders whilst wielding massive blades in their other hand as they danced and chanted to the beat of the drums to show their solidarity. The dance itself was originally a post war victory dance with its roots in the Yemen but it was then brought to the UAE via the Royal Family in the Southern Emirates.
The entertainment was of course nothing short of brilliant but when darkness fell, the skies were awash with the colours of the Abu Dhabi via a spectacular laser show emitted from the palace and traffic was at crawling pace as drivers paraded their highly decorated cars. They were all gathered to attempt a World Record for the most decorated cars in one location at the same time with a financial incentive for the best decorated ones – 1st prize 100,000 (£16,129) and 2nd prize 25,000 (£4,032).
Sadly, they only had 171 cars at the start and needed to have 250 minimum to stand a chance of beating the record.
A total of 63,410 fireworks in total and the event is being put fired by Spanish fireworks specialist Angel Gonzalez from Pirotecnia Igual, who have been responsible for some of the most inventive celebration fireworks in the World. They fired over two nights at 9:00pm on the 1st and 2nd December and as you can see below, they were absolutely beautiful, especially when lit by the laser lights.
This popular festival, which was originally designed as a 2 year competition to honour their Royal Family back in 2009 was funded by the Government and the Ministry of Defence. However, once funding was removed, sadly the Thai team didn’t have the financial backing to compete more recently but thanks to the popularity of the event as a whole and the setting for the event have drawn countries back time after time so they continue to reap the financial benefits of holding a fireworks spectacular of this size stimulating the economy of Pattaya and Chonburi province.
The competition, held over two nights beginning this evening concludes on Saturday. The fireworks will be set up with the sea and the beautiful beaches as a back drop. Each of the competing teams will have to come up with a 45-minute, musically choreographed show which will set hearts racing. They have to show their skills in combining colours and fireworks effects to get the best of the oohhs and aahhhs available.
The fireworks will be nothing short of spectacular as you might expect but there are a number of other events being held including:
• Live Bands
• Juggling Acts
• 3D Painting and Photography
Whatever the outcome, I am sure that they will be absolutely fantastic and we wish them all the best of luck.