Eastbourne bonfire set to go off with a bang next Saturday night

Eastbourne Bonfire.Eastbourne bonfire society.

Eastbourne Bonfire.Eastbourne bonfire society.

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BONFIRE boys and girls get ready – it’s that time of year again.

Eastbourne Bonfire Society is holding its annual procession, bonfire and fireworks display a week tomorrow (Saturday) and organisers are promising all the usual fun and a lot more besides.

Starting at Fisherman’s Green at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 6, the celebration will include drummers, pipers, dancers and a stack of local bonfire societies all keen to show off their colours in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd.

The event runs until 9pm and will conclude with a display of fire juggling and a firework extravaganza although much of the intrigue surrounding next Saturday’s shindig centres of the identity of the mystery effigy, which will be set alight at the bonfire which will be set up between the bandstand and the Wish Tower site.

As in previous years, the night has been funded by the society with the support of local people.

A spokesman for the society told the Herald, “It is very much an event run by the community for the community. This year we will be raising funds on the night for Demelza Children’s Hospice, Canine Partners and WRAS.

“So, we invite the good people of Eastbourne to join us in our celebration of community and the Sussex bonfire tradition.

“If you would like to volunteer to shake a bucket, please contact Nick at sec@eastbournebonfire.co.uk. If not, please give generously and keep our charities and our traditions alive.”

A bucket collection at the recent Airbourne festival raised more than £33,000 as locals responded to calls in the Herald to back the event.