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Argus Press Cutting 2013 - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations
February 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm by v
A flaming good night……
Lewes Bonfire went off with a bang last night as thousands of revellers took to the streets for the annual celebrations. From late afternoon until the early hours of the morning the narrow streets were filled with smoke and flames as marchers paraded their way around the town, The celebrations began with a children’s parade along South Street with cries of “What shall we do? Burn him!” As the crowds swelled, members of the Cliffe Bonfire Society staged a flaming barrel race along Cliffe High Street.
Each of the seven main rival bonfire societies held their own processions, each paying their respects at the War Memorial, flanked by Roundhead soldiers wearing giant angel wings, The South Street Bonfire Society, celebrating its 100th anniversary, marched with a band playing tunes including Jesus Christ Superstar and The A Team. Cliffe Bonfire Society passed with a troupe of bagpipe players dressed as French revolutionaries carrying a flaming guillotine.
At the War Memorial, each society paid its own tributes with flaming poppies, burning crosses and blasts of confetti while a lone trumpeter played the Last Post. Some revellers defied the police ban and regular explosions startled the crowd, One of the effigies was a figure with two faces, which appeared to be Assad on one side, Cameron on the other, astride a huge missile.
The ashes of late bonfire king Keith Austin were due to be fired into the sky last night during the fireworks finale. The 75-year old former Secretary of the Cliffe and Southover bonfire societies was well-known in the town and described as a “true citizen of Lewes”. Before the event best friend Nick Quinn said “His ashes will be going up at the beginning and the end of the fireworks display. He will be up there having a good giggle about that.”
Police and security staff were issued with goggles this year to protect them from the sparks and smoke, Unlike many previous years the rain stayed away, so spirits were high and the pubs did a roaring trade. Vic Wright, 22, Brighton, said: “I was born in Lewes and this year is better than previous years because the rain stayed away. I do miss the bangers though.”
Bill Gardner, The Argus, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 www.theargus.co.uk
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