LEWES BONFIRE 2015: Back with a bang

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LEWES BONFIRE 2011: ENGSNL00120110811111646

Southover Bonfire Society is set to bring back its firework display with a bang this year as it celebrates its tenth anniversary since reforming.

With a heavy heart, Southover’s aerial display had to be cancelled last year due to safety reasons but, with a new firing site and Pyrotechnic team, sparks will fly once again as part of this year’s celebrations.

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LEWES BONFIRE 2011: ENGSNL00120110811111836

A ten-year anniversary is a good time to reflect on how far one has come and for SOBS, the progress is huge. With around 100 members in the procession back in 2005, more than 600 will march through the streets of Lewes this November Fifth.

Society chairman Stephen English says: “We try each year to be better than the year before in all aspects of the society, but this year especially so as it represents the tenth anniversary of our reformation and all those who were part of the original team that formed the society back in 2005, and those who have joined us since, should be very, proud indeed of their achievements. Those few that started at the beginning will know just how hard mentally and physically it was to get the society off the ground.

“We have a reputation to be proud of and we aim to keep up that reputation.”

Processing to the doleful sound of the bell cart, the procession will once again be led by Cluniac Monks, followed by buccaneers and smugglers in red and black knitted jerseys.

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LEWES BONFIRE 2011: ENGSNL00120110811111800

The Southover Grand Procession will weave its way through the town from Southover High Street to Bell Lane, Winterbourne Lane, Delaware Road, Brighton Road, High Street, Friars Walk and Garden Street.

The new firing site will be at the Stanley Turner Ground, on Kingston Road, but the bonfire will remain in its previous location.

For procession times, routes and ticket information, buy the society’s programme from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre.

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