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Argus Press Cutting 2009 - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
February 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm by v
Lewes Bonfire : Fat Cats and MP’s Put To The Torch . . .
Fat cat bankers and greedy MP’s went up in flames last night as thousands flocked to the Lewes Bonfire celebrations, Crowds lined the streets throughout the town to watch the effigies as they were paraded through the streets. One giant guy featured the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith holding a cheque, with a giant pig to represent the greed of the MP’s, on a gravy boat.
Revellers of all ages, from children in pushchairs to pensioners in wheelchairs, joined together to watch the spectacular processions through Lewes, Six of the town’s bonfire societies took part in a variety of long-held traditions including a costume competition. Efforts had been made to reduce the number of people going to the event from outside Lewes, with fewer trains stopping at the town and increased parking restrictions.
But there were mixed reports as to whether it had been successful, Some people said they had noticed fewer crowds at the event, while others said it was as busy as ever. Some people had walked through the surrounding countryside to take part in the celebrations, while other unlucky visitors discovered their cars had been towed after parking in restricted areas.
Norman Funnell, 83, who lives in Lewes is a member of the Cliffe Society. He said “I was born with paraffin in my blood, It is all about family and tradition, my great-grandfather did it and I am still doing it. This is my 73rd year of being in the procession, I was born in 1927 and my father put me on his shoulders to see my first parade when I was three years old. I think it is a good thing that they are trying to reduce the numbers because the bonfire has become so big, After the war there were 250 of us in the society and now there are 800”.
However, some people also experienced the celebrations for the first time. Michael Wain, 25, from Worthing said “It is my first time here and it is really good, I have seen some pictures before so I knew what to expect, but it’s all about the history of the place”.
By Emily-Ann Elliott and Rebecca Evans : Pictures by Simon Dack, Liz Finlayson and Sam Stephenson.
The Argus, Friday, November 6, 2009 www.theargus.co.uk
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