Southover Bonfire Society delivers great show

Southover Bonfire Society
Southover Bonfire Society

Southover Bonfire Society promised a great show and they delivered one.

The society marched through the town holding their torches and banners proudly at this year’s Lewes Bonfire.

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

This year more than 5,000 torches were made by the society for the big night.

A moving service of remembrance was also held as part of the night.

This year the society’s tableau was a World War One canon surrounded by red poppies.

It was a mark of respect for those who gave their lives and a commemoration of WW1 in its centenary year.

This year Southover did not have a public fire site for its bonfire and fireworks.

It was after the RSPB suggested the society should look for a new site, as it was a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

But in a special surprise for society members, it was able to secure a private site for Southover Bonfire Society members only.

There was not a firework display but there was space for a clergy stand and a bonfire.

The society will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year and said planning has already begun.

Dozens of people took to the society’s Facebook page to congratulate it on a magnificent night. One person said: “I can honestly say it was my best bonfire in years. We marched with friends old and new, the atmosphere was amazing and the ranks superb. The memorial service moved me to tears and the respect shown for the occasion really impressed me. The firesite was awesome and as for bonfire prayers - the perfect end to a perfect evening.

“Thank you to all concerned who have welcomed us into the ranks and have worked so hard to make the evening the great success that it was.

“SBS are a credit to bonfire and they show how it should be done.”

Another said: “What a brilliant night. The fire site was amazing. There was a great bonfire atmosphere.”