Surprises are in store at Seaford Bonfire night

Seaford Bonfire Society
Seaford Bonfire Society

Bonfire celebrations in Seaford will be bigger and better than ever before, promised Seaford Bonfire Society this week.

With at least seven visiting societies taking part, at least three bands and around 200 people in the procession, the event looks set to be a night to remember.

Seaford Bonfire will take place on Saturday October 19, featuring a procession with fire banners and fiery torches, a fireworks display and according to organisers, a few surprises.

A spokesperson for Seaford Bonfire Society said: “We are hoping to have a bigger and better display than before.

“It’s a community event which helps to bring the community together.”

Bonfire Boys and Belles will begin the first salute at the White Lion in Claremont Road at 7.05pm.

St Leonard’s Church in Seaford will send out a peal of bells for the bonfire members.

They will head for the war memorial in Sutton Avenue, where there will be a wreath laying ceremony led by the mayor of Seaford Anthony White at 7.45pm.

The Last Post and Reveille will be played by John Playford. There will be a two minute silence and they will then sing Sussex By The Sea.

The procession will continue at 8.10pm along Broad Street, reaching the Martello Fields by 8.45pm.

According to the society, a Hill of Fire will be set up, where secret fire banners, specially made for the event, will be displayed.

Visitors can expect a ground display and aerial fireworks display. There will also be a bonfire where the guys made by local school children will be placed. The event should finish at about 9.45pm.

The society did reveal they were planning to cart a tableau through the town, but were keeping traditionally tight lipped about what it was.

Visiting societies will include Cliffe, Borough and Southover from Lewes, as well as bonfire societies from Firle, Eastbourne, Edenbridge and East Hoathly.

Eastbourne Bonfire Society will be helping Seaford with marshalling at the event.

The society said there would be a new fire banner, which is based on one from the 1970s.

SBS will be dressed as smugglers in purple and grey hoops, chief pioneers will be pirates and second pioneers will be Saxons.

Throughout the year society members have been hard at work fundraising, building and planning and organising.

Seaford Bonfire Society attended many community events this year including Bishopstone Fete in May, Downs Fun Day and Seaford Donkey Derby.

They held a sponsored shave a pirate in July and thanks to sponsorship and street collection of £60.69 on the day raised £383.33 in total.

Seaford Bonfire Society have also been attending bonfire events around Sussex since early September and are welcoming the Pentacle Drummers, Horsham Borough Band and Beach Bateria Samba Band and Dancers.