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Lewes Bonfire Night Fun Facts - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
July 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm by v
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.
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.
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.
It takes a gang of around 25-30 to work through the night from 2am-8am to clear and bin around 15-25 tons of rubbish.
Despite all those big numbers above, Only Five Arrests were made and all public, Two were for possessing drugs, one for criminal damage, one for assault and one for being drunk and disorderly. and only 82 Public Injuries for Twisted Ankles, Burnt Fur Coats, Asthma etc were recorded at the 2015 Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations by the Lewes/Sussex Police with an estimated crowd of 20,000-25,000 Compare that to a nasty Football match or a big Music festival.
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