Annual costume competition is huge success, says Waterloo Bonfire Society

Waterloo Bonfire Society costume competition
Waterloo Bonfire Society costume competition

Waterloo Bonfire Society’s annual costume competition has been hailed a ‘huge success’ by organisers.

The event at Kings Church in Lewes took place on Saturday (October 11).

A spokesman for the bonfire society said: “Waterloo’s Pioneer Groups of the Mongolian Empire, Greek and Roman World and the Tudor Period were well represented at the competitions.

“More than a quarter of the society members attended with a large majority taking part.”

Daniel Reynolds was voted best dressed child wearing a costume from the Mongolian Empire.

The best dressed adult was won by Paul Woodward also wearing a costume from the Mongolian Empire.

Ashley Reynolds and Lennon Penfold both won the Junior Staff Bearer class for children aged between five and nine, and will carry the society’s children’s banners on Bonfire Night this year.

In celebration of Waterloo’s 50th year of walking on November 5, the society’s committee agreed to award the honour of laying the wreath at the War Memorial, which is usually decided at the competitions, to Life Members Marilyn Penfold and John Armitage.

The honour was in recognition of their valued service to the society over many years.

Prizes at the costume competition were presented by the society’s President Michael Chartier.

If you would like to become a member of Waterloo Bonfire Society, you can download a membership form from

Completed applications must be with the Membership Secretary by October 20.

For more information contact Amanda French, General Secretary at