Lewes Borough Bonfire Society has promised this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before - quite literally - as they prepare to blow up a record-breaking Guy Fawkes effigy.
The guy, filled with an array of fireworks imported from around the globe, will tower at 50ft - a world record height - before being blown to smithereens at LBBS’s firesite at Landport Bottom.
The one-of-a-kind spectacle will take place after the fifth procession of the night, which will wind its way from the White Lion Lane through High Street, Western Road and Nevill Road.
Honouring its tradition as the home of the Zulu, LBBS’s first Pioneer Group will lead the procession in full ceremonial dress complete with authentic handmade head dresses, bead work and decoration.
The second Pioneers will don traditional Tudor dress and be followed in the procession by smugglers in distinctive royal blue and white jumpers with red neckerchiefs and woolly hats.
The ‘friendly handshake’ - a traditional greeting between the town’s two oldest societies LBBS and Cliffe Bonfire Society - will be revived this year with a special meeting of respective Commanders in Chief on Cliffe Bridge over the River Ouse where a symbolic large key will be exchanged.
LBBS’s new chairman, Jason Winter, says: “This special year, the 410th anniversary of the gunpowder plot, will be celebrated by the Lewes Borough Bonfire Society in an even bigger way than usual. This year, we will be attempting to set a new world record by building a 50ft high Guy Fawkes, which you will be able to see from all over the town, but I would urge you to come and see it up close on the night.”
Admission to the firesite is £3 for adults and £1 for children when tickets are purchased in advance from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre, High Street, and Mount Harry Stores.
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