Lewes Bonfire: Commercial Square to revisit 19th century route

Commercial Square Bonfire Society
Commercial Square Bonfire Society

Commercial Square Bonfire Society’s motto is ‘For Independence’ and this year they are striking out on their own to revisit a procession route that hasn’t been used by the Society for many years.

The Wallands Grand Procession, starting at about 7pm from the Elephant and Castle, honours the Wallands Park Procession of the 19th century Society, taking in several streets around Commercial’s headquarters before heading along The Avenue, Park Road and Prince Edward’s Road to wait at Spital Road prior to their spectacular Town Procession.

A spokesman for the society said: “Those in the town centre won’t be denied the sight of the 1,000-strong Commercial Square society, as they will still be conducting their Procession of Remembrance to the War Memorial and rejoining the high street later in the evening in all its splendour.”

Commercial Square’s Town Procession will take place at around 8.15pm where it will process up Western Road, the High Street and School Hill.

On the night crowds will get to see the society’s famed Native American head dresses. The head dresses were inspired by Chief Oskenonton, a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawks born in Canada in 1886.

He achieved international acclaim after a group of campers heard him singing and asked him to perform at the Christmas tree lighting in Madison Square, New York. He went on to perform around Europe and the USA and also conducted lecture tours. It was on one of these tours that he met Commercial Square’s Mid Puttock and taught him how to make a head dress, which he brought back to Lewes. People will also see the society’s smugglers dressed in their traditional gold and black striped jumpers.

There will be Sun Dancers, Medicine Men, Devil Dancers and Apaches. A fireworks display will be at the fire site at Landport Road.

For information, see the CSBS 2014 Programme, available from the Elephant and Castle and Lewes Tourist Information Centre.