Slideshow: Spectacular costumes on show at Lewes Bonfire Society Costume Competition

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Vikings, Cavaliers and Zulus took over Lewes Town Hall when the spectacular Annual Bonfire Society Costume Competition was held on Friday October 17.

It was Waterloo Bonfire Society which took home the overall Points Cup on the night, recording an impressive 33-point margin of victory over nearest rivals Borough – surely an event record.

Lewes Bonfire Council secretary Roger Meyer said: “Waterloo failed to score in just one of the categories demonstrating that quantity can be just as effective as quality is, in this competition.

“South Street, who continued their impressive recent form, achieved a clean sweep of medals in the Pioneer Ladies class through the resplendent figures of Vicky Newth, Dilly Barlow and Catherine Darcy.

“Vicky Newth went on to secure a second gold partnered by Robert Muddle in the Pioneer Pairs and was finally crowned as Champion Lady as her 18th century colonial gown swept all before it.

“South Street, however, could not hang on to the prestigious Pioneer Cup as this proved to be yet another success for Waterloo’s Mongolians.

“Elizabethans from that same society collected the Fancy Dress Group award.”

Sadly for the many fans of Waterloo’s Sarah Lewis, she managed just two golds this year, picking up Best Ladies Fancy Dress and, with Patrick Mundy, the Bonfire Pairs.

It was an excellent evening for Mongolian Paul Woodward.

He collected the Champion Gentlemen award for Waterloo to complement his gold as Best Dressed Pioneer.

Waterloo and South Street collected ten gold medals between them, leaving just one to be fought over by the other five societies. This was for the comic class and was awarded to Lisa Bates from Borough.

The mayor Dr Michael Turner and mayoress Ann Turner attended and watched the children’s classes.

Waterloo collected golds through Viny Shoesmith, Tilly Groves, Shannon Sedar and in the pairs Eszmey Butler and Alfie Shoesmith.

Claran Richardson as a lancer and Zulu Jodi Taylor achieved gold awards for Borough.

Jessica Lucas won the first gold of evening for Cliffe but she was their only winner all night.

Roger added: “Overall, despite having to prepare for their Bonfire night the day following, Nevill were able to demote sad Commercial Square into sixth place whilst Southover once again failed to trouble the scorers.”