Eastbourne’s Bonfire Procession takes to the prom on Saturday

Eastbourne Bonfire - photo by Graham Huntley SUS-150110-140926001
Eastbourne Bonfire - photo by Graham Huntley SUS-150110-140926001

Eastbourne’s annual family-friendly Bonfire Procession – led by the Eastbourne Bonfire Society with more than 15 other bonfire societies from Sussex and Kent – returns on Saturday (October 3).

The event is an evening of English folk celebrations, marking Bonfire Season in Sussex and commemorating traditional and political events which date back centuries.

On Saturday evening, visitors to Eastbourne’s seafront will experience a feast for the eyes and the ears as 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 characters will provide the scenery.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “Visitors to Eastbourne this weekend can expect to be excited and awed by the continuation of Bonfire season in Sussex, something which is particularly special and extremely unique to this South Eastern county.

“The Eastbourne Bonfire Society is passionate about this 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 experience.”

With a torch-led procession from the Crown and Anchor public house 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 incredible procession sees the Stix Rhythmic Drummers, recognised by their black and purple gothic attire and make-up, the King Fisher Scout Band, Pentacle drummers, Hunters Moon Morris and many more all drumming up a great autumn evening atmosphere along Eastbourne’s seafront.

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

Sussex’s bonfire season leads up to the world’s biggest bonfire celebration in the Sussex town of Lewes on November 5, which sees hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the small and historical town for an incredibly atmospheric night of torch lit processions, large bonfires, parades, fireworks and more.

The Eastbourne Bonfire procession takes place at 7.30pm with the firework display starting at 9.15pm on the beach by Eastbourne’s Wish Tower although times are subject to alteration.

The event is free – it’s funded by the Eastbourne Bonfire Society which raises funds at various other events throughout the year.

For further information go to www.visiteastbourne.com/events.

Sussex bonfire events in October:

3rd - Eastbourne Bonfire Society Procession

3rd - Rotherfield Bonfire Night Celebrations

17th - Hastings Bonfire Night Celebrations

17th - Hailsham Bonfire Night Celebrations

17th - Nevill Bonfire Night Celebrations

17th - Seaford Bonfire

24th - Firle Bonfire Night Celebrations

24th - Fletching Bonfire Night Celebrations

31st - Littlehampton Bonfire Night Celebrations

31st - Newick Bonfire Night Celebrations

Sussex bonfire events in November:

5th - Lewes Bonfire

7th - East Hoathly Bonfire Night Celebrations

7th - Battle Bonfire & Firework Display

7th - Chailey Bonfire Night

7th - Shoreham Bonfire Night Celebrations

13th - Isfield Bonfire

14th - Rye Bonfire Night Celebration

21st - Robertsbridge Bonfire Night

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