Rain clears for bonfire spectacular

seaford bonfire society procession 2013
seaford bonfire society procession 2013

The rain cleared in time for Seaford’s spectacular bonfire and fireworks event on Saturday, which saw thousands of revellers turn out.

Pirates, Saxons and smugglers were among those who took to the streets of Seaford and were watched by crowds in the region of seven to eight thousand.

The evening, organised by Seaford Bonfire Society (SBS), has drawn positive feedback from the community.

Despite rain throughout the day the weather had cleared by the evening and the parade started at around 7.30pm from the society’s headquarters the White Lion, before a service was held at the war memorial. There Pete Gwilliam of Seaford Lifeguards made the announcements and welcomed the visiting societies.

The evening saw six visiting societies join in the fun which saw a spectacular ship created by SBS out of pallets set alight at the bonfire site at Martello Fields, before a display by Frontier Fireworks from the beach.

The event also included a mock display fight which made the ship appear as if it was firing at the Martello Tower.

A spokesperson for SBS, said, “All the feedback has been really positive and the crowds were fantastic.

“It was really enthusiastic.”

The town’s MP Norman Baker and its mayor Councillor Anthony White took part in judging on the night, with Mr Baker judging the Lewes Borough to be the best presented visiting society and Cllr White choosing Bradley Page as the best costume within Seaford members.

Steve Russell, chairman of SBS, dressed as Lord Monteagle, the man who was given land in Seaford for exposing the gunpowder plot.

Bucket collections on the night helped raise funds to cover the cost of the event and also boost the coffers of the society’s main charities, Seaford Lifeguards and Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group.

The spokesperson added, “There was lots of cheering. There was interest shown in how to join us ready for next year. Comments from other societies were that Seaford has taken bonfire to a new level and thrown down the gauntlet.”

Tina said she would like to thank all the sponsors, groups, volunteers and societies which t supported the event. The best dressed window display will be judged on Saturday and members will again be back on the streets looking for donations to help pay for the event and for its charities.