Bonfire Night Approaches

A Drara committee member prepares for bonfire night in the 1950s
A Drara committee member prepares for bonfire night in the 1950s

With bonfire night approaching a reminder that it can get very busy at London Road Station on the evening of November 5th as the Lewes Bonfire attracts hoardes of spectators – a queuing system is normally in place. There are also plenty of organised fireworks around Brighton, at Emmaus and the County Cricket Ground to name two.

For anyone new to the area, Bonfire has a long tradition in Sussex, with towns and villages across the county holding processions, fires and firework displays throughout the autumn – each with their own traditions. While linked to Guy Fawkes, plot to blow up parliament in 1605 traditions of bonfire go back further – probably linked to celebrations to fend off winter darkness in earlier times.

At this time of year fireworks are available and frequently heard. Remember if you are planning your own bonfire night celebration use common sense:

  • Be considerate of neighbours, especially if they have small children, pets or are elderly
  • Be safe – follow instructions
  • Remember its illegal to let fireworks off after 11pm except on Bonfire Night, Nov 5th when its midnight, and Diwali – this year Nov 11th until 1 am.

Full bonfire and firework advice from Brighton and Hove CC here.

However, if you plan to go to Lewes give yourself plenty of time – trains will be very busy. Or, avoid the queues by joining the bike train that leaves the Level at 6 pm and cycle there and back.

Happy Bonfire, have a fun and stay safe!


Author: ditchlingrisebrighton

The friendly leafy neighbourhood squeezed between the A23, the Lewes-Seaford-Eastbourne line and Ditchling Road - not far from lively London Road

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