Lewes Bonfire Society: Borough Bonfire Society is home of the Zulu

Borough Bonfire SOciety
Borough Bonfire SOciety

Zulus in full ceremonial dress will be seen proudly marching along Lewes High Street on Wednesday November 5.

It’s all part of a magnificent display which will be staged by Lewes Borough Bonfire Society.

Their First Pioneers, the Zulus, will be joined by Lewes Borough’s Brass Band and Second Pioneers will be Tudor Ladies and Gentlemen.

Onlookers can also expect to see the traditional society tableaux carried during the procession, smugglers and visiting societies, as well as The Morris Men. And look out for the three blazing tar barrels!

It was a landmark year for the town’s oldest society in 2013 as it commemorated 150 years of carrying the ‘Monster Iron Key of the Ancient Borough of Lewes’ in its processions.

Last year’s tableau was a Zulu warrior sitting before the Lewes Barbican and holding the key.

The creation featuring the famous First Pioneer of Borough was emblazoned with the official proclamation, renewed in this anniversary year of the society being given the freedom of the streets on The Fifth.

Borough was founded in 1853 and is the oldest bonfire society in the old town of Lewes.

Their headquarters are at St Mary’s Social Club and the fire site is at Landport Bottom, which is near the racecourse.

Borough’s smugglers can be recognised by their blue and white jumpers and red caps.

This year Borough will be raising money for three charities: Help for Heroes, Lewes District YMCA and St John Ambulance.

Tickets for the fire site cost £3 for adults and £1 for children.

Tickets from Mount Harry Newsagents and the Lewes Tourist Information Office.

For full details buy the society’s programme.