Two hundred years ago, the bells of Lewes rang loud and proud as it was announced the Battle of Waterloo had been won by the British.
The milestone anniversary is yet another reminder to Waterloo Bonfire Society of its rich links with history and the origins of a society first recorded in 1857.
Society president Councillor Mike Chartier says: “At a time of constant change in so many aspects of life, it is reassuring to know that traditions exist where time almost stands still.”
And its those traditions that WBS encompass in their bonfire celebrations - the Pioneers and smugglers, the bands playing ‘Sussex by the Sea’, the burning of the torches and the acts or remembrance and wreath laying at the war memorial.
Cllr Chartier adds: “Today, it remains important to remember bonfire traditions and keep them alive by continuing the work of so many bonfire boys and girls in the past. I feel sure that bonfire night 2015 will be as memorable as ever with many members in procession, dressed in traditional pioneer costumes and others in more recent creations, adding to the diversity and spectacle of the occasion.”
Members will form in Market Lane for the Waterloo Grand Procession at around 9.30pm before heading down Fisher Street, High Street, School Hill, Eastgate Street and Phoenix Causeway, where the blazing tar barrel will be cast into the river. The procession will then continue via Brooks Road and Southdowns Road, arriving at the firesite for the society’s grand bonfire and firework display.
For the second year running, spectators will be charged £3 to enter the firesite, located behind Tesco’s. Writstbands can be bought in advance from The Lamb Inn, Barbican Carpets, George Justice Furniture Restorers, Reeves Photography or Lewes Tourist Information Centre, and on the night from Tesco’s car park.
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