Mayfield once again exceeded its reputation for providing one of the most atmospheric and colourful bonfires in East Sussex.
The village helps neighbouring town Uckfield kick-start the bonfire season with celebrations taking place during September.
Last Saturday night (September 21) visiting societies lined up at the Royal Oak pub to parade through the village starting at 7.30pm. This was preceded by a children’s fancy dress procession.
Wreath laying at the War Memorial was, as always a moving ceremony lent extra significance by a ring of static flaming torches and flaming poppy banners.
The Grand Procession left the NatWest Bank at 9.15pm and headed towards the bonfire field at Court Meadow where visitors enjoyed the thrilling spectacle of airborne whorls and ‘chrysanthemums’ of primary colour.
Jo Lee from the Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles said: “We had a extremely successful carnival this year.
“Once again there was fantastic support from the Sussex Bonfire societies and it was great to see the majority of them in large numbers lighting up Mayfield supported by Heathfield Silver Band, The Expedient Jazz band, The Batucada Band from Heathfield Community College, The Pentacle Drummers, The Tub Thumpers from Lewes and ‘Stix’ from Eastbourne.
“Our memorial wreath was laid by Mr Les Wicker, whose mother Mrs Peggy Wicker passed away this year.
“Peggy had been a member and President of Mayfield Bonfire Society.for decades and will be sadly missed by us all.
“We raised over £1,000 for the childrens’ organizations of Mayfield. We would like to thank everyone who helped on the night and the members of other societies without their continued support the Carnival would not happen.”
The best visiting Society was the Phoenix from Lewes, Littlehampton came second, Vines Cross third and Rotherfield and Mark Cross displayed the best banner. T
he best walking group was won by Mayfield WI and the highest total street collector was Lynn Blackman.
Jo went on: “We have a very small membership now and would like to invite anyone interested in becoming a member of Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles to get in contact with us-everyone welcome – you don’t have to live in Mayfield.”
The village’s bar and barbecue outside the Convent did brisk business from 4pm until the skies darkened and the torchbearers set off.
The Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles said a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who made torches during two torch-making days