The Battle of Lewes 750th anniversary is being marked with a spectacular fireworks display on the evening of Wednesday, May 14.
The venue is The Dripping Pan, home of Lewes Football Club, which will be open to spectators from 9pm with the fireworks scheduled to go up soon after 9.30pm. Admission is free and the ground can be accessed from the usual entrances and also from the Ham Lane end.
The display has been made possible by a generous grant from Lewes Town Council that has been topped up with money donated by Lewes FC Supporters Club.
Lewes FC Life Member David Arnold said: “I’ve been part of the organising team for Battle Royal 750, the big Battle of Lewes re-enactment taking place on Saturday, May 17. One of our team successfully applied to the council for funding for a fireworks display and it seemed a great idea for it to take place at The Dripping Pan, a site that is very close to the Priory where King Henry III surrendered to Simon de Montfort, on May 14 1264 – a date that also happened to be a Wednesday.
“The Dripping Pan offers a safe environment from which townspeople can view the aerial display which is being mounted by the pyrotechnic specialists of the Commercial Square Bonfire Society.”
“I am pleased that the Rooks have really got behind the Battle of Lewes theme. We have turned our annual Lewes FC Gala Dinner into a packed Battle of Lewes Banquet at the Town Hall. Then next weekend The Dripping Pan becomes home for many of the re-enactors coming to Lewes for the exciting Battle Royal 750 that will be going on in the town next Saturday [May 17] from mid-morning to late afternoon.
“The Pan will be open to visitors the next day [May 18] from 10am to 2pm. They will be able to experience ‘Living History’ with re-enactors in costume plus there will be demonstrations of Medieval combat. Admission is free.”