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EAST SUSSEX BONFIRE SOCIETIES

Just when you thought that it was safe to come outside again, we announce another couple of forthcoming firework events which will tickle your fancy if you live in the East Sussex region.

As some of you may be aware, the area has a close connection with Bonfire night following the death of a number of the protestant martyrs in the town square who were killed for their faith by the then Queen Mary. Although the tradition of the Sussex Bonfire societies goes back to before Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby’s era, the majority of them were created to celebrate the lives of the Marian Martyrs and around the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a great many Bonfire Societies were formed to celebrate their community and the Church of England faith.

Most of the societies today have continued to work all year around to ensure that the community has something to brighten up those cold November evenings just before Christmas to get rid of the detritus that has been collected throughout the year and of course to entertain young and old in a controlled environment.

Of course, some of the Bonfire Societies are adult only but for the majority, it is about children and the youth of today having something interesting, historical and entertaining to do.

Most of the events start with a fancy dress competition before they hold a torch-lit march through the town with band accompaniment.

The evening ends with a grand finale fireworks display and prayers of thanks for those who have fallen in service of the defence of this country.

Barcombe Bonfire Night – Saturday 22 November 2014

Torchlit processions with visiting societies marching bands bonfire and fireworks display – invite only

Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Night – Saturday 22 November 2014

Torchlit Processions with Visiting Societies, Marching Bands, Bonfire and Firework Display.

This is a small traditional village bonfire society orientated event.

Rottingdean Smugglers – Saturday 6 December 2014

4.00pm Start Approx. Bonfire Celebrations and Christmas Shopping Night Combined with Torchlit Processions, Marching Bands, Bonfire and Firework Display.

This is a small traditional village bonfire society orientated event including a ‘Little Smugglers’

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Brighton Festival and Fireworks

WHAT: BRIGHTON FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS
WHEN: 3RD – 25TH May 2014 (THE FIREWORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE FIRED ON SATURDAY 24TH MAY)
WHERE: BRIGHTON MARINA
BEST VIEWING POINT: ALONG THE COASTLINE

Brighton Festival – fun, frolics and of course FIREWORKS

For what is the 6th consecutive year, the town of Brighton in East Sussex plays host to one of the longest festivals in the UK calendar. This 21 day event starts on 3rd May and runs to 25th May 2014.

This beautiful little town offers a great entertainment spectacular with literally hundreds of events, workshops and attractions on offer. The three-week long festival is homage to everything British with music from the Beatles, the Brighton and Hove Brass Band and music for the fireworks will be from these and will include Queen and The Verve.

There will also be such old classics as Punch and Judy, two giant policemen (9 feet tall and 5 feet across), the Big Brits who represent cockney tourists abroad and of course Posh Toffs who represent the higher echelons of society (or at least they think they should) and give orders out to the infidels.

The finale fireworks are as mentioned choreographed to music from a variety of genre and will be a fast fired display showing some old favourite pyro pieces and one or two new effects.

A great event – if you are fortunate enough to visit, we would really love to see your pictures and video.

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BONFIRE NIGHT ROBERTSBRIDGE STYLE

Robertsbridge Bonfire

Need more fireworks to get you through the lonely months ahead? Get yourself along to Sussex where the Bonfire Night celebrations take on a whole new meaning.

Over the whole of the Bonfire season, there have been any number of Bonfire Societies from across the East Sussex region all holding their own very special events which are not the usual run of the mill light the bonfire and a few fireworks and job done, these people spend all year fundraising and planning the event to the last detail.

The costumes alone take months to make and the effigies for the Bonfire are generally in the form of some celebrity or a member of the church or in the public eye for one or another misdemeanor which of course have to be created from scratch.

Whilst many of the events take place on the 5th November, due to the massive number of Bonfire Societies in the region there are gatherings from early September. For example, Uckfield always holds their event on the first Saturday of September.

Societies are split into two main types with some being classed as ‘carnival’ which are suitable for all the family and have fairground attractions, fireworks, and musical entertainment as well as the obligatory bonfire and then there are the ‘bonfire’ types. Now, these occasions are a completely different kettle of fish as the saying goes and are exclusively adult only affairs (often ticket only events) with adult-themed entertainment, lots of drinking and more than a little debauchery.

This Saturday sees the Robertsbridge Bonfire Night celebrations take off in style. The party gets started at around 6:30pm – 7:00pm with a torchlight Procession through the streets of this quaint late 12th-century village starting from Station Road and ending at the Recreation Grounds where the massive bonfire will be lit. This year’s effigy will be a secret until mid-afternoon tomorrow before taking pride of place in the parade until it reaches its fiery end of the Bonfire. Keep your eyes peeled as most of the other societies in the area may send some representatives along to fly the flag for them but the Robertsbridge Bonfire Society members generally are the ones dressed as monks in a hark back to the origins of the town which was said to have been established by the Abbot of the local Cistercian Abbey which was given the name of Robertsbridge when it became a market town in 1198.

The fabulous Bonfire and the fireworks will get underway at around 8:30pm but although this is a marvellous event, you should also note that you have to note that the parade, in particular, is not for the faint-hearted as they drag burning tar barrels along the street and the ‘torches’ are not the type with batteries so those with very small children in pram’s or pushchairs should avoid the area.

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