Video: Fitting farewell to bonfire legend

Lewes bid a fitting and memorable farewell to Bonfire legend Keith Austin today (September 20).

All seven of the town’s bonfire societies were involved in his funeral.

Keith Austin funeral

Keith Austin funeral

Mr Austin’s coffin was drawn through the streets in a bell cart, followed by a procession of hundreds.

It included his friends from Lewes Operatic Society, Lewes Lions Club and councillors.

In mixed ranks of four came the Bonfire Boys and Belles from Lewes and Sussex, wearing their distinctive smugglers’ jerseys.

Large crowds lined the streets as the mourners marched to the music of a jazz band from The Dorset Arms to the funeral service at Southover Church.

Mr Austin, who died at the age of 74, upheld the traditions of The Fifth for more than 50 years.

He was also affectionately remembered as running The Den coffee bar in Cliffe High Street during the 1960s.