Bonfire celebrations set to go with a bang

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Bigger and better than ever before was the message from Seaford Bonfire Society ahead of its celebrations on Saturday, October 18.

Saxons, pirates and smugglers, fiery torches, a secret tableau and some surprises are in store for spectators.

The society is keeping traditionally tight-lipped about the street tableau. A spokesperson said, “It’s a huge secret ... but it will be spectacular.

“It will be a safe and family -friendly event with a little bit of mischief in there, because it wouldn’t be bonfire without it.”

Staging the celebrations, which are now in their fourth year since the society reformed, costs between £10,000 and £12,000.

Visitors are encouraged to donate generously to ensure next year’s display can go off with a bang as well.

The society is also supporting two charities: Seaford Lifeguards and Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group.

It also expressed its gratitude to all the businesses and individuals who have donated so generously to ensure the show goes on.

Special mention went to the genius of Nikki Gunson, who designs and prepares the construction of the tableau and then guides a few members on the project.

Visiting societies look set to include Borough, Cliffe, Southover, Firle, East Hoathly, Edenbridge and Eastbourne.

Seaford Bonfire Society is also appealing for people to make Guys for the Bonfire, who will be ceremoniously incinerated.

To take part pick up an application form from Seaford News in Broad Street or the Tourist Information Office in Church Street.

Seaford MP Norman Baker and Seaford Mayor Mark Brown are due to attend, along with thousands of onlookers which the spectacle attracts.

Last year the society’s light shone brightly as a ghost ship tableau was paraded through town.

Another ship formed the bonfire on the fire site and was even used to stage a re-enacted battle, followed by a beautiful fireworks display.

For the full details of the night buy the society’s programme. Money from the sales goes towards staging the event.