South Heighton Bonfire Society reaches its ten year milestone

NEWHAVEN: South Heighton bonfire 2011
NEWHAVEN: South Heighton bonfire 2011
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This is a special year for South Heighton Bonfire Society’s members as it is the group’s ten year anniversary.

The family friendly society will stage its spectacular procession and fireworks display on Saturday November 10.

And visitors can expect a bigger fireworks display to celebrate the landmark.

A spokesperson for South Heighton Bonfire said: “It is amazing we have reached our ten year anniversary.

“Over the years it has all gone quite smoothly so far. We have been quite lucky.

“This is going to be a great night because it’s our tenth year and we have got more fireworks.

“It’s a family friendly event as well and really great for kids, so come along and enjoy it.”

As usual the fireworks are being organised by Nevill Bonfire Society from Lewes.

The procession will begin at the Flying Fish in Denton at 6.30pm and will make its way through Denton and South Heighton, pausing at the Hampden Arms in South Heighton.

Vikings, pirates and smugglers from South Heighton Bonfire Society will be joined by visiting societies Eastbourne, Seaford and Firle, as well as Burgess Hill.

Music will come from the Halloweenies and the Pentacle Drummers.

A total of 250 Bonfire Boys and Girls will march through the two villages, brandishing 1,000 fiery torches.

Look out for the society’s fire banners, which include a Tudor rose, the number ten , SHBS and a bell.

They will then make their way to the fire site at South Heighton Recreation Ground in The Hollow.

The firework display will begin at about 8pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults and accompanied children go free.

A spokesperson for South Heighton Bonfire Society said: “Our oldest member is probably an honorary member who is a lady who lives in the village.

“She doesn’t march but she comes to watch and she is in her 90s. Our youngest member is certainly under one.”

This year the society has a Guido, which will not be blown up, but will be on the fire site.

The tableau is of course being kept a closely guarded secret, as is the tradition amongst Bonfire Societies.

It will be set up on the field and blown up with fireworks in true Bonfire style.

In previous years the Newhaven Incinerator and rubbish trucks have been the targets for Bonfire members, who turned them into tableaux and blew them up on the fire site.

The annual event attracts crowds of up to 1,000 spectators.

Bonfire is one of the main fundraisers for South Heighton Village Hall and makes between £1,000 to £2,000, depending on the weather.