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The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations : Firework Display

WHAT: Free Fireworks Display
WHEN: Wednesday 14th May 2014
WHERE: LEWES, SUSSEX, UK
COST: FREE
OPENS: 9:00PM
FIREWORKS START: 9:30PM

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!

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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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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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