All dressed up for Lewes Bonfire Costume Competition

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Vikings, Zulus and Red Indians will gather at Lewes Town Hall for one of the most spectacular nights in Lewes’ calendar.

The Annual Bonfire Costume Competition will be held on Friday October 17 in the historic venue.

The Lewes Bonfire Societies will meet to challenge one another in the contest.

The Bonfire Costume Competition is organised by the Lewes Bonfire Council.

Bonfire Council secretary Roger Meyer said: “This is an unrivalled opportunity to witness around 200 splendidly different costumes from a comfortable chair in the warmth.

“It really is a fantastic sight to see the Vikings take on Zulus, Red Indians, Genghis Khan warriors and the like.

“Last year produced a real shock as the Eighteenth Century Colonial costumes entered by the unfancied South Street Society lifted the Pioneer Cup.”

Spectator entrance costs just £2.50 for adults and 50p for schoolchildren with refreshments available and a bar open throughout the colourful event.

Roger said Waterloo had a strong grip on the Overall Points Cup and their much admired Sarah Lewis will again defend her Ladies Champion Trophy.

Children’s Classes commence at 6.15pm with adults following at 8pm.

Points are awarded to winners of the first three places in each class, and the Society accumulating the most points is awarded the prestigious Points Cup.

The Mayor of Lewes Dr Michael Turner will attend to ensure fair play and present the cups and trophies.

Doors open for the event at Lewes Town Hall in the High Street at 5pm.

The competition is only open to members of Lewes Bonfire Societies affiliated with Lewes Bonfire Council.