Feast of light and sound in town

Hailsham Bonfire Society torchlit parade and firework display October 19th 2013 ENGSUS00120131020120223
Hailsham Bonfire Society torchlit parade and firework display October 19th 2013 ENGSUS00120131020120223

Hailsham Bonfire Society will take to the streets this weekend for the town’s tenth annual bonfire celebrations.

The first torch-lit procession of the night will start at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 17.

With Hailsham Bonfire Society at the fore of the procession, it will weave its way from Western Road through the streets of the town to the War Memorial, where a traditional bonfire act of remembrance will take place.

The minutes silence will end with the ignition of crackers; their red paper representing the flander’s poppy.

The procession will then return with torches blazing to Western Road for the award of best dressed bonfire society.

The Grand Procession forms up at 9pm and will be led by the fire banners of Hailsham Bonfire Society as it marches once more through the town to the Leisure Centre Car Park, where the bonfire will be lit.

Hailsham Bonfire Society will conduct ‘Bonfire Prayers’ before the grand firework display erupts in a feast of light and sound. The evening will culminate with the fiery destruction of Guy Fawkes.

During the evening, Hailsham Bonfire Society will be conducting a street collection for a number of charities. This year, the society has chosen to support Sussex Search and Rescue, Sussex 4x4 Response, Hailsham Youth Club, Rocking Horse Appeal and Cancer Research UK.

Hailsham Bonfire Society is always in need of volunteers to help with the street collection, so if anybody is able and willing to help, they should go to the Hailsham Memorial Institute any time from 6pm on the evening of the event.

This year marks the tenth anniversary since Hailsham Bonfire Society reformed and each year since, the society has put on a spectacular free event for the residents of Hailsham.

The event annually attracts large crowds and brings in visitors from far afield to witness a traditional Sussex bonfire celebration.

It costs approximately £9,000 to stage each event and Hailsham Bonfire Society would like to thank Hailsham Town Council and all of the local businesses who have supported them this year.

The Hailsham Bonfire Society programme is now on sale around the town, containing a full itinerary of the event and other interesting bonfire related articles.

For more information about the event or to join Hailsham Bonfire Society, contact Ben on 07825 166579.

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