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 September celebrations. After last Saturday’s children’s fancy dress procession, visiting societies lined up at the Royal Oak pub for the village parade.
Wreath laying at the War Memorial was a moving ceremony lent extra significance by flaming poppy banners. The Memorial Wreath was laid by Les Wicker whose mother, Peggy Wicker passed away this year. Peggy had been a member and President of Mayfield Bonfire Society for decades and is sadly missed. The Grand Procession left NatWest at 9.15pm and headed towards 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 most of them lighting up Mayfield supported by Heathfield Silver Band, The Expedient Jazz band, The Batucada Band from Heathfield Community College, Pentacle Drummers, Tub Thumpers from Lewes and ‘Stix’ from Eastbourne. We raised over £1000 for the childrens’ organisations 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.”
Best visiting Society was Phoenix from Lewes, Littlehampton second, Vines Cross third and Rotherfield and Mark Cross displayed the best banner. Best walking group was 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 to get in contact with us. Everyone welcome – you don’t have to live in Mayfield.”