Newick Bonfire - the best village bonfire in the county according to supporters - laid on its usual thrilling spectacle on Saturday November 1.
Finest ever, of course, but extra poignancy this year as wheelchair bound Steve (accompanied by mum Trish) did a sterling job of lighting the massive bonfire to a chorus of cheers.
The day opened with Newick’s annual full Sussex Bonfire Breakfast where villagers were invited to bring along their guys and take part in a competition. Fancy dress began at 5pm with the added interest of a First World War themed class.
For the first time Newick Bonfire Society boasted its own bar run by Seona and Gary from noon until 11pm next to the Country Bakery on The Green.
The A272 was closed to through traffic but early visitors still managed to bag the village’s few parking spaces and join in the community celebrations.
NBS press spokesperson Liz Duncton said: “Locals were amused when the South Heighton Bonfire Society joined in the Halloween theme by coming as a whole wedding party complete with bride, groom, vicar and bridesmaids too.
“A sensational day topped by a sensational evening.
“The weather was perfect for Newick Bonfire Society’s Celebrations on Saturday. The day began with bonfire breakfasts, in the Village Hall, and these lined the stomachs of the bonfire, torch and firework teams busy preparing for the evening.
“4000 hessian torches burnt brilliantly, the magnificent traditionally built bonfire was lit this year by Steve Peters, Edward Osborne and Louis and Felix Henkel.
“A firework packed Guy Fawkes was blown to smithereens and the aerial display was enjoyed by bonfire boys and girls from visiting Sussex Bonfire Societies, as well as the enormous crowd.
“During the evening volunteers shook their collecting boxes amongst the spectators and a record £3739.66 was collected for good causes.”
Photos by Darren Gillett. Find his photos on Facebook at Sussex Bonfire Pics.