Commercial Square Bonfire Society was not without its controversy in 2014. As one of two societies to depict the then Scottish first minister Alex Salmond as a tableau, CSBS - in their own words - ‘raised some eyebrows as well as some kilts’.
However, to think the criticism - justified or not - would persuade CSBS to play it safe with their tableau this year would be foolish. With previous tabs including Hitler and Mussolini, Diego Maradona and Kim Jung Un as a heavily-armed baby in a pram, CSBS is never one to shy away from making the news headlines.
While this year’s depiction is, as always, a closely-guarded secret among CSBS’s ranks, spectators can still know what to expect on this, the 410th anniversary of the gunpowder plot.
Following in last year’s footsteps, when CSBS reverted to the historic Wallands Grand Procession for the first time in decades, the procession will again march through the top of the town via Prince Edwards Road and the Wallands Estate.
Departing from the society’s headquarters at Elephant and Castle, members will walk through surrounding streets, including Kingsley Road, Meridian Road and Eridge Green, before joining the Grand Procession later.
After the Archbishop’s address, the destruction of the effigies of Guy Fawkes and Pope Paul V will take place alongside a spectacular fireworks display at the fire site on Landport Road.
CSBS’s procession will be led by the first pioneers with the society’s celebrated Indian badge, resplendent in their long-feathered, Indian head-dresses, followed by the second pioneers in American Civil War costume. The smugglers, dressed in traditional gold and black striped jumpers, will follow with the fiery initials of the society held high.
Programmes are available from the Elephant and Castle and Lewes Tourist Information Centre.
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