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A fitting goodbye to the Bonfire King

Sadly, back in September, a man known in his local area as ‘The Bonfire King’ who had been part of the Lewes Bonfire Society for 50 years passed away.

It was only fitting that has been the driving force behind the Southover Bonfire Society that Keith Austin ashes should be scattered in some beautiful rocket bursts during the gathering of the biggest six of the Lewes Bonfire Societies on November 5th.

His friends were there in force and said that he would have agreed with the decision to scatter his ashes in this way in front of crowds of 30,000 and it would indeed have brought a wry smile to his face.

Following his passing, his coffin was carried through the streets to enable all who knew him to pay their respects.

It is becoming increasingly popular for families of lost loved ones to use fireworks to scatter ashes.

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Lewes Bonfire Celebrations Are Well Under Way

Lewes Bonfire Parade

As we have featured before, the County of Sussex has a huge commitment to continuing the traditions set out even before Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up the King and his supporters in Parliament. Going way back in history to 1555, the tradition of holding bonfires was done in recognition of the Protestant martyrs killed during the reign of Mary Tudor.

This weekend marks another round of Bonfire events in the region on the build-up to Bonfire Night when the major players in the Lewes Bonfire Societies hold their annual procession through the town of Lewes before splitting back up into their local groups to hold their own Bonfire’s and subsequent fireworks displays.

If you are in the area and would like to attend one of the events taking place, these are the details:

26th October 2013 (Saturday) Fletching Bonfire Night Celebrations

Starts at 6:30pm and includes a traditional Torchlit Procession (along with other visiting societies) Marching Bands, Fancy Dress competitions, a huge Bonfire and Firework display.

26th October 2013 (Saturday) Firle Bonfire Night Celebrations

Starts at 6:30pm and includes a traditional Torchlit Procession (along with other visiting societies) Marching Bands, Fancy Dress competitions, a huge Bonfire and Firework display.

26th October 2013 (Saturday) Staplecross Bonfire Night Celebrations

Starts at 6:30pm and includes a traditional Torchlit Procession (along with other visiting societies) Marching Bands, Fancy Dress competitions, a huge Bonfire and Firework display.

26th October 2013 (Saturday) Littlehampton Bonfire Night Celebrations

Starts at 6:30pm and includes a traditional Torchlit Procession (along with other visiting societies) Floats, marching bands, troupes, fun fair and the traditional Bonfire and Fireworks display.

The only one of these events which can really be described as suitable for children is the one at Littlehampton so be aware of this when making a decision as to which you would like to go along to.

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Fireworks and More Fireworks

Rye Bonfire Society - 2012

WHAT: Bonfire Celebrations and Fireworks
WHERE: West Sussex
WHEN: Saturday 17th November 2012

At this time of Year, it is not uncommon for the pyro heads to get themselves in a tizzy as they are without their firework fix but fear not, Juju to the rescue.

I have been trawling the net all day to give you some little nuggets to put into your calendar for a coming couple of months to see you through the dark nights until the next ‘biggie’ on New Year’s Eve.

This Saturday, 17th November 2012, there will be Bonfire Celebrations and Fireworks in West Sussex. This is all for the last 3 Bonfire Societies to have their annual celebrations.

Barcombe Bonfire Society, which has been meeting since 1932 to celebrate community and remembrance of those who lost their lives for their religious beliefs when 17 martyrs were killed for denouncing the Catholic Church and all it stood for.

The event whilst likely to be a celebration also is a deeply spiritual one as a remembrance poppy is lit, during the minute’s silence but no torches are lit which is very moving.

Next, we have Robertsbridge Bonfire Society on the 17th November 2012 too, which will be having their celebrations on a similar theme to the one at Barcombe. Go along for a traditional celebration of Bonfire Night with your friends as they parade the streets in their fancy dress outfits.

Finally, another of the Sussex Bonfire Societies has their event on 24th November 2012. Hawkhurst Bonfire Society is holding their annual soiree.

Unlike the Lewes Bonfire display’s and parade’s, these are a more sedate and a great deal safer as the Barcombe, Robertsbridge and Hawkhurst Bonfire Societies are very proud of their injury-free record and would like to keep it that way.

If you live in the West Sussex area, go along to show your support and enjoy the fireworks and the traditional Bonfire.

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