Victorians set to go off with a bang at bonfire celebrations


The final preperations are being made for the highlight of the Hailsham social calendar - Bonfire Night.

Hailsham Bonfire Society will be dressed in their Victorian costumes as they host their annual Guy Fawkes celebrations on October 20.

Hailsham will be joined by fellow socities including Battle, Chailey, Isfield, Littlehampton, South Heighton, Uckfield, Rotherfield and the Phoenix Walking Group from Lewes.

There will be a multitude of costumes to see including Mexicans, Tudors, Baroque and convicts who shall all process through the town.

The Heathfield Silver Band Music will be playing traditional tunes including ‘Sussex by-the Sea’, along with bands The Sussex Stompers, The Rebel Drummers and TS Brilliant - a military band from Tunbridge Wells.

The bonfire society will be conducting a street collection for three local charities and hope to raise over £1,000.

This year’s chosen charities are St John Ambulance, who will be providing medical cover for the event, Samuel’s Children’s Charity, (a Lewes based charity helping those affected by childhood cancer) and Sussex Search and Rescue (a volunteer group who support the emergency services in the searching for vulnerable missing people).

Society member Mike Farley said: “Please give generously to help us support these worthwhile causes.

“We are always in need of volunteers to help us in our street collection so if you are able and willing to help please come to the Hailsham Memorial Institute any time from 6pm on the evening of the event.”

The Hailsham Bonfire Society programme will be on sale around the town. Look out for the Victorians or smugglers to buy one.

It contains a full itinerary of the event and other interesting bonfire related articles.

At 7.30pm the first torch lit procession will start from Western Road; the procession will then wind its way through the town to the War Memorial where an act of remembrance will take place.

The procession will then return to Western Road for the award of the best dressed bonfire society trophy.

At 9pm the Grand Procession will form up and with torches flaming make their way back through the town to the leisure centre car park where the bonfire will be lit with torches from the procession.

Then at 9.30pm a firework display will start before the explosive destruction of the effigy the traditional cry will be preformed to send Guy Fawkes to a fiery demise.

To provide assistance on the evening or to join the bonfire society call Mr Farley on 01273 510753.