Rye lights up the sky with bonfire celebrations

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154634001
Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154634001

Rye Bonfire went ahead in spectacular style despite high winds and torrential rain on Saturday.

Luckily the rain held off for the procession which saw bonfire societies from across Sussex carrying flaming torches through the streets of the ancient town to the fire-site on the Salts.

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154511001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154511001

The Rye society led the fiery procession in its distinctive red and black colours.

Taking part were drumming groups and local students from Rye College’s carnival group.

Rye Fawkes was chaired down to light the huge bonfire, which signalled the start of a spectacular fireworks display.

The local bonfire season comes to a close next Saturday (November 21) when Robertsbridge holds its celebrations.

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154925001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154925001

Pictures by Frank Copper.

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Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154818001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154818001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154730001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154730001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154719001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154719001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154610001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154610001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154958001

Rye Bonfire 2015. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-151115-154958001