Slideshow: Seaford Bonfire Society takes celebrations to new level

A spectacular ghost ship, which was pulled through the town and set on fire, was just one of the highlights at Seaford Bonfire celebrations.

Another ship at the fire site, even bigger at 20m long and 10m high, was made of wooden pallets and doubled as the bonfire.

Seaford bonfire 2013

Seaford bonfire 2013

It was even used as the backdrop for a display fight with canons and members of a Redcoat reenactment group.

Seaford Bonfire Society reported that other visiting societies had said Seaford had taken Bonfire to a whole new level and thrown down the gauntlet.

An incredible 8,000 people turned out to watch the celebrations on Saturday October 19.

A spokesperson for Seaford Bonfire Society said: “The night went very well and the weather cleared up for us.

“They had a display fight between the Martello cannons, the ship and the redcoats.

“The ship then exploded and burned. Comments from other societies were that ‘Seaford has taken bonfire to a new level and thrown down the gauntlet’.”

Even the ghost ship stood three metres high, was 2.5m long and made of wet stretched tissue paper and masking tape.

Seaford Bonfire Society said Sussex Police and St John Ambulance did not report any problems to them.

Pete Gwilliam from Seaford Lifeguards made the announcements at the War Memorial in Sutton Avenue, greeting the visiting societies and letting the crowd know what was going to happen next.

A wreath laying ceremony took place at the War Memorial where the Last Post was played by John Playford.

Seaford MP Norman Baker judged Lewes Borough Bonfire Society to be best presented visiting society and Seaford mayor Anthony White chose Bradley Page as the best costume from Seaford members.

A ground and aerial display were staged by Frontier Fireworks.

Visiting societies included Cliffe, Borough and Southover, Firle, Edenbridge and East Hoathly.

The spokesperson added: “The crowd were exceptionally well behaved.

“Feedback via Facebook has been great. Interest has been shown in how to join us ready for next year.”

Many of the society marched back to the head quarters for an evening of celebration while background workers remained at the site making it safe.

And on Sunday morning it was back to the fire site to clear rubbish, rake the fire and clean up debris.

The bonfire site is fenced and will be returfed.

Members also went through the town to ensure it was clean.

Seaford Bonfire Society thanked all the people who helped make the event possible.

All the sponsors, advertisers, donators, the HQ, knitters of smuggler jumpers, local authorities, St John Ambulance, the Lifeguards, SDSSNSG, bucket collectors, vendors, but most especially Eastbourne Bonfire Society and volunteers for all their help on the night.

The last thank you went to members who worked so hard all year round to bring the event to Seaford.

The best dressed window display will be judged this Saturday and members will be back on the street looking for donations to help pay for the event and for the society’s charities.

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