Lewes Bonfire Annual Costume Competition promises to be spectacular

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Next Friday, October 19, is the second most spectacular in the county town’s calendar.

The Lewes Bonfire Societies all meet together at the Town Hall to challenge one another in their Annual Costume Competition.

This is an unrivalled opportunity to witness around 200 splendidly different costumes from a comfortable chair in the warmth. Spectator entrance is just £2.50 for adults and 50p schoolchildren, with refreshments and a bar available.

Organiser Roger Meyer said: “It really is a fantastic sight to see the monks take on cavaliers, Zulus vie with red indians and Genghis Khan being besieged by Vikings.”

The Pioneers Cup is currently held by Commercial Square whilst Waterloo has a strong grip on the overall Points Cup.

Children’s Classes commence at 6pm with adults following at 8pm.

The Deputy Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe, will be in attendance to ensure fair play and present the cups and trophies.

Meanwhile, as Bonfire devotees eagerly count down the days to The Fifth in Lewes, the celebrations which began in Uckfield on September 1 continue across the county.

Tomorrow (Saturday) it’s the turn of Hastings Borough Bonfire Society and on October 20 it’s Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society’s big night in Lewes, with celebrations also in Fletching, Seaford and Hailsham. Attention turns to Firle on October 27 and Newick on November 3.