Bonfire delight returns to Eastbourne seafront

Bonfire fun in Eastbourne last year. Picture by Graham Huntley
Bonfire fun in Eastbourne last year. Picture by Graham Huntley

Eastbourne’s annual family-friendly bonfire procession led by the Eastbourne Bonfire Society along with more than 15 other bonfire societies from Sussex and Kent, returns this autumn for an evening of traditional English folk celebrations.

On October 3, visitors to Eastbourne’s seafront will experience a feast for the eyes and the ears.

There will be traditional drumming from large rhythmic drumming groups and pipers provides the soundtrack for the procession, whilst torch-bearing walkers and dancers dressed as pirates, sailors and other fantastical characters will provide the scenery.

With a torch led procession from The Crown and Anchor pub on Marine Parade, towards Fisherman’s Green and then back towards the Wish Tower, the Eastbourne Bonfire Society proudly represent Sussex’ love of bonfire season which dates back many centuries.

The procession culminates with the bonfire lighting between the Bandstand and Wish Tower, fire juggling and a spectacular firework display on the beach

Eastbourne Borough Council lead cabinet member for tourism, Cllr Margaret Bannister, said, “Bonfire season is particularly special in Sussex, with events and bonfire celebrations commencing from the beginning of October through to mid-November. The Eastbourne Bonfire Society is passionate about the tradition and the procession always creates a really great atmosphere that people of all ages can enjoy; it’s just one of the numerous special autumnal traditions which visitors to Eastbourne can enjoy.”

The bonfire tradition brings together societies from across the county to light the torches and set large fires to mark the November 5 Bonfire Night ritual which dates back to the 17th century, when Guy Fawkes was found guilty of plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

The procession takes place between 7.30pm and 9pm and is a fun and free family-friendly event which is funded by the Eastbourne Bonfire Society through various events throughout the year, including the steampunk masquerade ball which takes place on Saturday (September 12).

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