Mammoth tableau for Cliffe Bonfire Society

Cliffe Bonfire Society
Cliffe Bonfire Society

The new chairman of Cliffe Bonfire Society Paula Black said the tableau for this year is so secret, even she doesn’t know what it is.

We will have to wait to see for sure but Paula offers me a hint - in the programme you will see the tableau is called Can you see what it is yet?

Last year one of the highlights of Cliffe’s Bonfire celebrations was when they burned a giant wicker man, reminiscent of the 1970s chiller of the same name, starring Edward Woodward.

How will they top that this year? As ever the society are keeping all their aces up their sleeves, but the maverick group will doubtless deliver an incredible display in the procession and an awe inspiring bonfire celebration at its fire site in Ham Lane.

Cliffe Bonfire Society was formed in 1853 and it is currently one of the largest in Lewes, with around 1,000 members.

This year Cliffe’s First Pioneers will be Vikings and its Second Pioneers will be French Revolutionaries.

Smugglers can be recognised by their black and white jerseys and red caps.

Look out for Cliffe’s street tableau which will be carried during the procession, burning crosses, and its fire banners, amongst which is one reading We Wunt Be Druv, a Bonfire motto in the Sussex dialect which tells the listener : we won’t be told what to do.

At the fire site later in the evening you can expect the Archbishop of Cliffe to make his address, while dodging bangers hurled by Smugglers, as the crowd chants ‘Burn him, burn him.’

Effigies of Guy Fawkes and Pope Paul V will be detonated with fireworks, giant heads representing this year’s Enemies of Bonfire will be blown up, fireworks will be propelled into the night sky and a tableau of “mammoth proportions” will be destroyed with even more fireworks.

What more could you want from Bonfire Night?

For timings and more information about the society buy Cliffe’s program.