Wet and muddy night for South Heighton Bonfire but still glorious fun

Photo by Darren Gillett. Find more of his photos at Sussex Bonfire Pics on Facebook

Photo by Darren Gillett. Find more of his photos at Sussex Bonfire Pics on Facebook

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It would take more than torrential rain and mud to dampen the spirits of South Heighton Bonfire Society.

An impressive turn out battled through heavy rain during their procession through the village on Saturday November 8.

Photo by Darren Gillett. Find more of his photos at Sussex Bonfire Pics on Facebook.

Photo by Darren Gillett. Find more of his photos at Sussex Bonfire Pics on Facebook.

Around 350 people took part in the torch lit procession, with the new Smugglets proving very popular.

There were fewer onlookers than usual as a result of the bad weather, both lining the procession route and down on the fire site in The Hollow.

Nevill Bonfire Society from Lewes staged a beautiful fireworks display for SHBS yet again, with 15 minutes of fireworks rocketing into the night sky.

The tableau this year was a tribute to the 100th anniversary of World War I.

A South Heighton Bonfire Society spokesperson said: “It went well despite the weather.

“There were still people who came out to watch the procession and we were in very good spirits.

“Although there were not as many people out in the streets.The fireworks were brilliant. Nevill as usual did fantastically.

“Everyone enjoyed it. Every bit of feedback I have had has been positive.”

The procession was soaked through after about a minute and although it stopped raining at the fire site, The Hollow was muddy and wet.

Around 1,000 people turned out for the fireworks display. The event usually attracts around 2,000.

A Guido sitting on a chair was also blown up on the site. Comically, once the explosion had taken place, there was nothing left of him but his legs on the chair.

South Heighton Bonfire Society was joined by visiting societies Borough, Isfield, Hailsham, South Street, Firle, Eastbourne, Southover and Burgess Hill.

After the fireworks night Bonfire Society members headed back to the Hampden Arms in South Heighton to celebrate.

The spokesperson added: “Because of the weather, everyone was quite high spirited,

“It’s Bonfire - you just march through come rain or shine.

“Everyone got wet and enjoyed it.”