Remembrance is the perennial theme of East Hoathly’s annual bonfire, held this year to mark the Society’s 90th anniversary.
The society was set up specifically to mark the many from both the village itself and Halland who died in World War I.
This year’s procession saw costumed marchers carrying a blazing replica of Lord Kitchener’s famous ‘your Country Needs You’ poster as well as 31 burning poppies to mark those who made the ultimate sacrifice in both conflicts.
The procession had extra significance this year which marks the centenary of Britain’s entry into World War I and it focused on remembering local people who were lost.
Villagers dressed in a variety of costumes including cowboys and cowgirls and the high point of the evening was the ritual burning of the society’s effigy – a war memorial featuring two soldiers walking away from the crowds, depicting two of the men who failed to come home.
The society’s Linda Rene said the parade included representatives from most of the Lewes societies and other East Sussex villages including Newick and Rotherfield. She added: “It was a truly wonderful and moving evening and the rain somehow added to the atmosphere. The streets were lined with hundreds of people.”