More than a thousand people lined the country roads of Isfield to celebrate the Isfield and Little Horsted annual bonfire – described as the ‘best ever’ by local enthusiasts.
Station Road was closed to through traffic from 6.15 until 8pm on Friday evening as members of the torchlight procession gathered at the Lavender Line.
They paraded through the village to the Old Mill and back, to cheers from assembled crowds. Colour and drama was provided by members of visiting societies such as South Heighton, Lewes Borough, Burgess Hill and Hailsham who wore their bonfire costumes. The bonfire itself was lit and fireworks set off in the field behind The Laughing Fish.
Chairman Andy Payne said: “It was a bit damp underfoot but that made absolutely no difference – the bonfire was outstanding. We blew the tableau to smithereens and the fire toasted us all nicely. We sold out of beer (we’ll ensure some more next year) and the food was brilliant so everyone was fed and watered. There was a fiery send-off for one of our founder members too – Mick Golby’s ashes were sent up to the sky on top of a huge maroon. It was what he would have wanted. Everyone was full of praise for the day.”