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11. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Ah....

In most of England there's a mighty big bonfire and some fireworks. The kids from the town or village usually make a guy and go around collecting money which usually these days goes to charity although I'm sure in some places it still goes to sweets. In some places there are really spectacular displays (In London Blackheath and Alexandra Palace are both dead good).

In Sussex there are bonfire meetings going back 400 years, and bonfire societies in each town and village dedicated to fundraising for and organising them. There's nearly always a parade, and the celebrations are held on different nights so that all of the societies can attend each other's events to parade at them, torches in hand. There's a great atmosphere. The societies all have their own costumes, which vary from the obvious to the crazy, but there's a historical reason and link for each costume. They tend not to make a Guy, but a huge effigy of something which has been narking the people of the society that year (could be a big Osama Bin Ladin, or a Gordon Brown, or whatever). The effigy gets blown up as they light the bonfire. And the fireworks are generally pretty awesome.

Lewes is the grandaddy of all bonfire celebrations - there are four societies there that hold their celebrations on the same night. Lewes is a small place with narrow streets and it's made fairly intimidating by the fact that half of the population of Brighton attempts to decamp there for the celebrations. Safety isn't guaranteed. Plus there's the fact that throwing bangers on the ground during the parade is a part of the celebrations that the citizens of Lewes are unlikely to relinquish.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Aug-2009, at 10:25 by magykal1 ]

12. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

I have an idea! You guys can come on over to Montreal. I'll put you on baby duty so Neal and I can go out and have a nice time. I'll buy you snacks and soft drink and everything!

....and round trip airfares? You might have a deal.... :)

13. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

Quoting magykal1

Ah....

In most of England there's a mighty big bonfire and some fireworks. The kids from the town or village usually make a guy and go around collecting money which usually these days goes to charity although I'm sure in some places it still goes to sweets. In some places there are really spectacular displays (In London Blackheath and Alexandra Palace are both dead good).

In Sussex there are bonfire meetings going back 400 years, and bonfire societies in each town and village dedicated to fundraising for and organising them. There's nearly always a parade, and the celebrations are held on different nights so that all of the societies can attend each other's events to parade at them, torches in hand. There's a great atmosphere. The societies all have their own costumes, which vary from the obvious to the crazy, but there's a historical reason and link for each costume. They tend not to make a Guy, but a huge effigy of something which has been narking the people of the society that year (could be a big Osama Bin Ladin, or a Gordon Brown, or whatever). The effigy gets blown up as they light the bonfire. And the fireworks are generally pretty awesome.

Lewes is the grandaddy of all bonfire celebrations - there are four societies there that hold their celebrations on the same night. Lewes is a small place with narrow streets and it's made fairly intimidating by the fact that half of the population of Brighton attempts to decamp there for the celebrations. Safety isn't guaranteed. Plus there's the fact that throwing bangers on the ground during the parade is a part of the celebrations that the citizens of Lewes are unlikely to relinquish.

Wow - thanks for all the info!

I somehow cant see the bonfire lm likely to go to being so steeped in history somehow!! But lm liking the burning of the effigy of the modern day Guy Fawkes - l could think of quite a few dont know if they are narking society off but they are me!!

14. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 7y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting magykal1

Ah....

In most of England there's a mighty big bonfire and some fireworks. The kids from the town or village usually make a guy and go around collecting money which usually these days goes to charity although I'm sure in some places it still goes to sweets. In some places there are really spectacular displays (In London Blackheath and Alexandra Palace are both dead good).

In Sussex there are bonfire meetings going back 400 years, and bonfire societies in each town and village dedicated to fundraising for and organising them. There's nearly always a parade, and the celebrations are held on different nights so that all of the societies can attend each other's events to parade at them, torches in hand. There's a great atmosphere. The societies all have their own costumes, which vary from the obvious to the crazy, but there's a historical reason and link for each costume. They tend not to make a Guy, but a huge effigy of something which has been narking the people of the society that year (could be a big Osama Bin Ladin, or a Gordon Brown, or whatever). The effigy gets blown up as they light the bonfire. And the fireworks are generally pretty awesome.

Lewes is the grandaddy of all bonfire celebrations - there are four societies there that hold their celebrations on the same night. Lewes is a small place with narrow streets and it's made fairly intimidating by the fact that half of the population of Brighton attempts to decamp there for the celebrations. Safety isn't guaranteed. Plus there's the fact that throwing bangers on the ground during the parade is a part of the celebrations that the citizens of Lewes are unlikely to relinquish.

Wow - thanks for all the info!

I somehow cant see the bonfire lm likely to go to being so steeped in history somehow!! But lm liking the burning of the effigy of the modern day Guy Fawkes - l could think of quite a few dont know if they are narking society off but they are me!!

This makes bonfire night sound great. I can't remember it ever being so nice or the historical side of it being remembered. Nowhere I have lived has ever had parades, the organised events just have a funfair and the fireworks and a big bonfire. I thought it was just an excuse for the local mindless chavs to run about scaring old ladies to death, setting fire to things, and ending up in hospital. Some neighbourhoods are like a warzone in the run up to 5th November. I like fireworks but I'm not a big fan of bonfire night.

Sorry to go off topic!

15. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

The enthusiasm, appreciation of the history of the thing and the parades only really happen in Sussex I think - Lewes, Battle, Rye, Hastings, some of the smaller villages and towns too. But the bonfire society is pretty much a way of life for some people in these towns - they spend all year fundraising for it.

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18. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Hi Guys! I can't make it for Guy Fawkes, but I'll be in London for a week in October, arriving 21st/22nd. Would love to meetup for coffee/drinks/mean...whatever. Hien, can't believe its almost been two years. Wow, how time flies!

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Aug-2009, at 07:43 by soupatrvlr ]

19. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

Back to New Years, have we given up on that idea completely? I'm not sure what I will be doing, but could be convinced to do something...

I think travel anywhere this time of year would be expensive though, no?

Greg

20. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 7y

If something does happen around New Years in London, I might will be around, but too early to know yet