Season of fire and smoke is underway

19/10/13- Hastings Bonfire.
19/10/13- Hastings Bonfire.

BONFIRE societies from the Rye and Battle area were out in force on Saturday for pone of the key events in the Sussex Bonfire calendar.

Hastings Bonfire has become on of the busiest and noisiest in the area and Saturday’s event was no exception.

Societies from Battle, Rye, Robertsbridge, Icklesham, Staplecross, Northiam and Ninfield all made the journey to Hastings to add to the colourful spectacle.

Hastings Bonfire sees a long torch-lit procession winding its way through the streets of the historic Old Town and along the seafront.

It culminates with a spectacular fireworks display and huge bonfire on the beach at Pelham.

The Hastings event has its roots in Battle as it was Battle man John Beeching who encouraged founder Keith Leech to revive the long-since lapsed bonfire tradition at Hastings.

It was a precursor to celebrations in the Rye and Battle area, which are set to last for more than a month.

This weekend sees Staplecross Bonfire Society holding its event and this will be in stark contrast to Hastings with its rural setting and a torch-lit procession that follows narrow country lanes.

Battle lays claim to the oldest bonfire celebrations in East Sussex.

Battle Bonfire takes place on Saturday November 2 and the bonfire has returned to its real home on the Abbey Green.

Societies from all over Sussex, including Lewes, are expected to take part.

This is followed on Saturday November 9 by Rye Bonfire which will see a colourful torch-lit procession through the streets of the ancient town, which includes a fire breathing dragon and burning boat.

It finishes on Rye Salts with a bonfire and fireworks display.

Those looking for a safe family display should head for Icklesham on November 5.

Robertsbridge Bonfire takes place on November 16 followed by a new bonfire event at Northiam, which will be held on November 23.