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Lewes Bonfire Night Fun Facts - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations

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The figures below are very rough estimates on my part, and are not to be taken as gospel, but are there purely to give an idea of the size and scale of the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations.

Lewes Bonfire Celebration Fun Facts

There are six Lewes Bonfire Societies, out on the Fifth November in the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, between them they will have around 3,500 members out on the night, and joining them there will be around 20 invited kindred Bonfire Societies with around 500 members, then there will be around 18 Bands or Drum Corps with around 450 players. Which gives a total of roughly 4,450 bodies in the ranks.

There will be around 250 police (Covered and Bareback!) in attendance, around 100 St John/Ambulance personal in attendance, around 200 security staff and several fire crews on standby during the #lewesbonfire celebrations.

There will be at least 30,000 spectators on a week day Lewes bonfire night, but rising to well over 60,000 if bonfire night falls on a Friday or Saturday, so bearing in mind that the population of Lewes is only about 17,000, that figure above is a lot of bodies for a small town.

There will be 30 plus processions during the night, all intermingling with each other through the narrow streets of Lewes with the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations starting around 5.00 pm and finishing about 1am. The average total distance covered on foot by the society members during the processions is around five and half miles.

The actual figure varies between each bonfire society ie : Lewes Borough Bonfire Society LBBS = 5.23 Miles, South Street Bonfire Society SSBS = 5.44 Miles, Cliffe Bonfire Society CBS = 5.47 Miles, Waterloo Bonfire Society WBS = 5.49 Miles, Commercial Square Bonfire Society CSBS = 5.96 Miles, Southover Bonfire Society SBS = 6.14 Miles.

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Around 26,000 torches will be burnt during the night, using the formula of 6.5 torches per person, which will have used around 2,000 gallons of paraffin for torch dipping.

Around 6,000 pints of fluid will be drunk by the Bonfire Society members alone, based on each one consuming three half pint cans or bottles of coke, beer or other poison, probably way out on this one!

Around 175 Chinese Cracker Cakes will be fired on the streets, 25,000 bangs dropped and around 500 red flares let off, around £600,000 worth of Bonfire Costumes will be on display each taking between six to 12 months to make and finally Six Firework Displays with around 20,000 spectators.

Despite all those big numbers above, Only 14 Arrests were made for either being Drunk and Disorderly or Dropping/Throwing by Members of the Public and Only 86 Public Injuries for Twisted Ankles, Burnt Fur Coats or Asthma! was recorded at the 2013 Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations by the Lewes/Sussex Police. Compare that to a nasty Football match or a big Music festival.

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