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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2012, 09:36:39 AM »

Somerset carries the tradition although now much altered to Carnival and torches gone through H&S. North Kent had torchlit carnivals around October/November at Faversham, Sheerness & Sittingbourne in the 1960s. Probably because Sussex people are traditionalists  Grin. In one of the Times articles it refers to the backlash following attempts to ban Bonfire as Sussex people may not support anarchy but they oppose despotism even more. The right to march in Lewes is in the Town's constitution. The lighting of fires in late autumn does in fact predate Mr Fawkes as parts of Pagan festivals and Hallow'een. I don't think there is a hard and fast answer to why the tradition is so strong, Lewes suffered the Marian burnings but that wasn't unique so maybe a pinch of that, add a bit of smuggling, a bit of "Rights of Man" , a bit of rebelliousness, with a liberal amount of Harveys Bitter stirred in.
What is certain is that it is virtually a religion in Lewes and some families can trace their bonfire roots back 150 years or more with it being  cradle to the grave for many.
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« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2013, 09:16:47 AM »

Just a reminder that the Marching (or burning) season starts on September 7th at Uckfield finishing with Smugglers Night at Rottingdean on December 7th
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« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2014, 22:15:51 PM »

The Crowborough Bonfire Society, Bricklayers Arms 1897.

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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2017, 10:06:12 AM »

GUY FAWKE8 DAY.
 Disorderly Scenes.  Disturbances took place at Horsham last night in connection with Guy Fawkes Day. The police had received instructions from the Urban Council to prevent the discharge of fireworks in the streets. The poilce made several arrests in consequence, and were roughly handled in doing so. Crowds hooted and pelted the police as they took their prisoners to the station. One police sergeant was injured. The uproar continued till a late hour

South Wales Echo 6/11/1900
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« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2017, 13:56:10 PM »


Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 19 November 1920

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ARMISTICE DAY - A short service was held at the Parish Church at 11 o'clock by the Rector, the Rev A.F. Aylward.  The school children assembled in the playground and having reverently kept the two minutes silence, sang they hymn "O God, our Help" and the National Anthem.  In the evening the Bonfire Society revived their old custom which had been dropped during the war.  An energetic committee consisting of the Rector, the Rev A.F. Aylward (President), Messrs W.R.Tutton (Vice-President), E. Dunk (Chairman), E. Ballard (Treasurer), J. Hollands (Secretary), and Messrs J. Crouch, J. Pettit, J.H. Nye, V. Cloute, S. Santer, J. Skinner, G. Bates and F. Cloute were responsible for the evening's entertainment. The collectors, Messrs Nye, Morris, Cloute and Miss Violet Padgham received £5. 5s. 5d. to go towards resucitating the old Northiam Band.  The procession, led by the torch bearers and Brass band, was watched by large crowds.
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Apparently the introduction of the "Defence of The Realm Act 1914" made it an offence :

FIRE, FIREWORKS &c. Prohibition without Permit from Authority or persons authorised by him of display of lights or ignition of fireworks or fire as signal or landmark -  - Regulation 26.

There were similar restrictions in WWII.
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