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Free Fireworks Display

The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations : Firework Display

WHAT: Free Fireworks Display
WHEN: Wednesday 14th May 2014

There isn’t much in this world today that is free so we take it by the horns and give it a shake when you find something so we are bringing you the latest on fireworks displays around the UK to bridge the gap till Bonfire Night.

Anyone who is either from Sussex or has a connection to the fireworks industry will affirm that the biggest celebrations for Bonfire Night take place in Sussex amongst the Bonfire Society faithful annually. They plan many months in advance for their unique and some might say dangerous event but this is a little stop-gap beforehand.

Way back in history the battle of Lewes was one of the two main battles which took place in 1264. It was the point at which King Henry III’s son, Prince Edward, was held hostage, forcing the King to accept the demands of the Baron’s that held him.

This year, they are holding a HUGE fireworks display to mark the 750th anniversary of the Battle. The venue is the Dripping Pan, home of Lewes FC and the event was only possible thanks to the support of the players and staff of the football club and the funding of the local Town Council. The football team even turned their annual gala dinner into a huge medieval banquet in the Town Hall to raise funds and reflect on the 750th anniversary of the battle.

The events continue throughout the weekend when a re-enactment of the battle will take place at the Dripping Pan when they will hold costumed processions through the town, a youth camp, a medieval Fayre and talks, exhibitions and lots and lots of music. On the Sunday, the venue will remain open to enable visitors to the area to chat with the participants in the battle in full medieval costume plus any number of other demonstrations.

The fireworks are being fired by the pyro team from the Commercial Square Bonfire Society members and promises to be absolutely brilliant.

We will bring you some snaps of the event as soon as they hit the airwaves!


Rottingdean Smugglers. Sussex Bonfire Societies.

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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 pyromaniacs.

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.


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.