The bonfire season might be over but Hailsham Bonfire Society is looking to businesses to help it stage the celebrations in 2014.
The society said it is confident it will stage the town’s annual Guy Fawkes event next year after residents came forward and donated, when its demise looked inevitable because of dwindling members and a lack of funds.
But the society said to ensure its future it needs financial support from businesses. It invited 20 local businesses to a meeting on Monday (December 9) to discuss sponsorship ideas. Usually the society raises money itself but a letter to the Express from a resident suggested members sought business support, which sparked an appeal.
Society spokesman Mike Farley said: “A huge attendance on the evening, a large number of donations from the public and a few local businesses and increased membership has meant the society is now in a much stronger position. We are actively discussing a form of event sponsorship with businesses who open on the evening and benefit from the increased numbers of people in the town. In these financially difficult times it has become increasingly hard to raise the £8,000 we need and we hope local businesses can assist.”
Next year will be the 10th anniversary since the society reformed and it wants to make the celebrations ‘bigger and better.’ Mike added: “We’d like to make the celebrations more spectacular in recognition. Costs are always increasing so we need more support. There is a small number of local traders who donate money or services but the society needs more.”
Interested businesses call: 01323 847429.