Blazing fundraiser at fort

Eastbourne Bonfire 2012
Eastbourne Bonfire 2012

This weekend sparks the start of the Eastbourne Bonfire Society’s fundraising season and it kicks off with a Rock the Redoubt event at the newly-revamped fortress.

The free event starts at 10.30am on Saturday (April 6) with a rousing session from Eastbourne’s very own Pentacle Drummers. This is to be followed by performances from The Sea Gypsies dance group and a day of live music from a range of bands including a Lammas Festival favourite, Touchstone, Morris dancing including Mythago Morris and Hannah’s Cat, storytelling and performances from other drumming sides.

There will also be a range of stalls, hot and cold refreshments and a beer tent supplying local ales and ciders. The event promises to be a great day out and offers the opportunity for the town to get behind both its Bonfire Society and some very worthy causes including The Children with Cancer Fund, Polegate and Matthew 25 Mission.

Annie Wills, tourism development manager for Eastbourne, said, “This event sounds like a fantastic day filled with many exciting performances and attractions, and all to support The Eastbourne Bonfire Society. The host of the event; the Redoubt Fortress has recently opened for the season. It is a brilliant venue and will be much appreciated at the event.”

Fundraising starts early to raise the £9,000 needed in order to put on a Grand Procession and Firework Spectacular for the town on 5th October this year. As always, the success of the Eastbourne event depends on the community getting behind the society and supporting worthy local causes.

This free event is being held at the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum on Royal Parade. For over 200 years the Redoubt has stood ready to defend the Eastbourne coastline. It formed part of a chain of fortifications built to deter Napoleon’s forces in the early 1800s, and it still stands as a unique monument to that time. Garrisoned by troops until the early 1900s and again during World War II the fortress is now a suitable and atmospheric home to three exciting military collections.

The event is FREE, however if going into the museum, normal entrance fee applies.

For further information on The Redoubt Fortress go to or for information regarding the event and this year’s Bonfire event, please follow The Bonfire Society on Facebook or Twitter.