Thousands enjoy Eastbourne bonfire celebrations

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THOUSANDS lined the seafront streets on Saturday as Eastbourne started the Sussex bonfire season with a bang.

More than 1,000 bonfire boys from across the county converged on Eastbourne for the annual procession and firework display – with the local society celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Phoenix bonfire society from Lewes

Phoenix bonfire society from Lewes

Since 2001 the group has been taking part in processions across Sussex and the south east and has, for the last three years, held a bonfire party here in Eastbourne.

And, just as organisers promised, the general consensus was that this year’s bash was the best yet – boasting as it did a cavalcade of drummers, pipers, dancers and more than 20 bonfire societies.

Last year’s event attracted around 5,000 people and raised almost £2,000 for local good causes and the team behind the event are confident both totals will be smashed once the final counts have been totted up.

Unlike in other towns, the celebrations in Eastbourne were limited to a seafront beacon because health and safety concerns have led to organisers avoiding a beach-based bonfire – but nevertheless the event proved fun for all the family.

Eastbourne Bonfire

Eastbourne Bonfire

The newly-formed Seaford Bonfire Society was given the award of Best Visiting Society.