Lewes Bonfire: Southover Bonfire Society promises ‘great show’

Southover Bonfire Society
Southover Bonfire Society

‘We will again put on a great show for both our members and Southover.’

That’s the word from Southover Bonfire Society chairman Stephen English as it gears up to deliver another spectacular event.

It will be the ninth year the society has marched through the streets of Lewes since it was reformed in 2005.

Mr English said: “We will have our usual excellent parade through the streets, We are very proud of what we do.”

This year more than 5,000 torches have been made.

But the society is keeping its tableau a secret right up to the last minute and Mr English said even he didn’t know what it would be. He said: “I genuinely don’t know what the tab is. I don’t know what it is until the day, and so I have no idea. But I have been reassured it will be politically sensitive.”

Sadly this year, Southover does not have a firesite after the RSPB suggested the society should look for a new site, as it was a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The group was unable to find a suitable location to hold its fireworks display but pledged to find a new fire site in time for next year’s celebrations when it marks ten years since the society reformed.

Mr English said: “We have a few surprises in store for our members as we don’t have a firesite this year. We can’t say what, but we are going to do something for our membership. We are devastated that we can’t put on our normal superb fireworks display this year, but we were never going to compromise safety. We will have a firesite next year in time for our tenth anniversary. We are going to celebrate the tenth year and planning has already begun. It is quite an achievement to have reformed and still be going strong nine years later.”

Costumes to look out for include First Pioneers: Cluniac Monks. Next is the Second Pioneers: Bucaneers. For procession times, routes and ticket information, buy the society’s programme priced £2 from the Lewes tourist information office.