East Sussex warms up for bonfire season

SEAFRONTS, town streets and quiet country lanes are set to become spectacular rivers of fire as bonfire season gets underway in Sussex.

The tradition, which is unique to East Sussex, will see torchlit processions of colourfully costumed bonfire societies and drummers creating a primal energy and thrilling spectacle that is unrivalled.

As some bonfire societies, such as those at Lewes, point out - this is a living Sussex tradition and may not be suitable for those of a nervous disposition as there are often loud bangs and the streets can get very crowded.

This Saturday (October 6) sees Eastbourne Bonfire Society’s celebrations, with a seafront procession that leaves Fishermen’s Green at 7.30pm. This is considered to be one of the quieter bonfire events and suitable for families.

Here are the dates for bonfire season events in the surrounding area:

October 13: Hastings.

October 20 Seaford, Fletching and Hailsham.

October 27: Littlehampton an Staplecross.

November 3: Battle and Newick.

November 5: Lewes Bonfire.

This is the biggest bonfire celebration in Sussex with seven processions and bonfire sites in various parts of the county town.

The bonfire societies in Lewes are Cliffe, Nevill Juniors, Southover, Lewes Borough, Commercial Square and Waterloo.

There will be road restrictions from 2pm.

The Robin Hood family bonfire at Icklesham, near Rye, is also on November 5.

November 10: Rye.

November 17: Robertsbridge and Barcombe.