SLIDESHOW: Bonfire night in Hailsham

Thousands of people poured onto the streets to make sure the highlight in Hailsham’s social calendar went off with a bang.

Even the drizzle could not damped the enthusiasm of Bonfire night revellers at Hailsham Bonfire Society’s gun powder plot celebration.

Hailsham Bonfire 2012

Hailsham Bonfire 2012

Those who did brave the rain however witnessed the best fireworks display in the society’s history.

But organisers blamed the inclement weather on the collection being down this year as parts of the 6.000 strong crowd and collectors went home.

The society raised £686.50 from collections this year. Around £,500 was spent on the fireworks display.

Rose Piggott, chairman of Hailsham’s society, said: “This year was very successful considering the weather.

“We were down about £100 on last year because I think a lot of people went home because of the weather and a lot of collectors went home because they got wet.”

She added: “The fireworks were the best we’ve ever had but crowd wise there was not as many people, but then people haven’t got any money so if you look at it like that on the whole it was as good as last year.”

Hailsham Bonfire Society dressed in their traditional Victorian costumes to host the annual Guy Fawkes night on October 20.

The first torch lit procession wound its way from Western Road through the town to the War Memorial where an act of remembrance was held.

The procession then returned to Western Road for the award of the best dressed bonfire society trophy before the society members grabbed their flaming torches for the Grand Procession

Then at 9.30pm a firework display was held ahead of the explosive destruction of the effigy of Guy Fawkes to its fiery demise.

Now in its seventh year the night has grown and this year fellow societies from Battle, Chailey, Isfield, Littlehampton, South Heighton, Uckfield, Rotherfield and the Phoenix Walking Group from Lewes joined in.

This year’s chosen charities were St John Ambulance, Samuel’s Children’s Charity, and Sussex Search and Rescue.