Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Eastbourne Bonfire Society Procession

photo by Graham Huntley
I spotted a small pile of programmes for the 2013 Eastbourne Bonfire Society procession when I popped into Beanzz cafe recently. It's not long until Eastbourne's big night as our procession along the seafront is pretty much in the middle of the season and is on Saturday the 5th of October. Hopefully enough money will have been raised by then in order for the event to go ahead as a worrying article in the Eastbourne Herald suggested the Society is too strapped for cash. Up to date information is available through the Facebook event.

Assuming all is well, the procession will start from the Crown And Anchor at 19:30 and proceed down Royal Promenade onto Sidley Road. There is a turning point at Beach Road from where the procession will retrace it steps back to the Crown And Anchor. After a quick stop to refuel and retorch, the procession will set off again down Marine Parade and onto Grand Parade as far as the Lifeboat Museum where it will terminate and torches will be consigned to a traditional Bonfire. EBS will be joined by several visiting societies, drummers, pipers and dancers, and there will be fire juggling displays at fireworks after the processions.

During the evening, a Bucket Collection will be made with two local charities benefitting: Matthew 25 Mission and Polegate Children With Cancer Fund.

Eastbourne Seafront, Sat 5th Oct, 19:30.
Free to view but please put a handful of coins in the charity buckets!

Eastbourne Bonfiire Society will also be hosting a talk at the Under Ground Theatre this Saturday (21st September). The talk starts at 2pm and is free to attend. "Come and listen to how the Bonfire Society makes the annual torch-lit bonfire procession, fire juggling and firework displays happen and learn about the great bonfire on the beach between the Bandstand and Wish Tower."

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