Bonfire video: Longboat tableau recalls Seaford’s Saxon history

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A Saxon longboat was the eye catching tableau at Seaford Bonfire Society this year, recalling the town’s strong Saxon links.

On the fire site a giant castle was built from palettes which housed the guys and was set on fire.

The Saxon longboat tableau

The Saxon longboat tableau

Organisers said it was the best year ever for the bonfire society, which continues to improve on its display every year.

A Seaford Bonfire Society spokesperson said: “Comments include how well organised and safe it was.

“Fabulous costumes. Fantastic fireworks. The best year yet.

“Can’t wait for next year. All these comments and seeing the community out and about enjoying themselves makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“We think there may have been over 10,000 people there.”

The designer of the Saxon longboat was Nikki Gunson and fellow members helped to build it.

There were three bands in the procession including the Pentacle Drummers, Horsham Borough Band and Spiritus Carnival Group.

The procession left the White Lion in Claremont Road and made its way to the memorial where the mayor and Seaford Bonfire Society chairman laid wreaths in honour of the fallen.

Horsham Borough Band played the last post and then a two minute silence was observed.

The trumpet player sounded the reveille and they sang a rendition of Sussex by the Sea led by one of the bonfire society members Sandy Bernard.

Another member, Kevin Gordon, was MC for the night and announced the arrival of each of the visiting societies and the bands.

Cllr Brown judged Sandy Bernard to have the best costume in Seaford Bonfire Society while MP Norman Baker chose Lewes Borough as the best presented visiting society.

The procession then made its way down Broad Street, turned right into the High Street before moving on to the fire site at the Martello Fields.

The Pentacle Drummers broke away from the main procession and lined up in the gateway so they could drum onlookers in.

There was a ground display igniting as visitors entered the field before the castle with its guys was lit.

A Seaford Bonfire Society spokesperson added: “The aerial display by Frontier Fireworks was fantastic.”