Bonfire procession route is announced

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Details of next month’s bonfire procession and fireworks display have been announced this week.

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society (HBBS) said this year’s event will see a change in direction in the procession route.

For many years it has started through the streets by The Stade in the Old Town.

But this year, the hundreds of people taking part will form up much further west, near Hastings Pier on White Rock.

The procession will then head east, along Robertson Street and down Harold Place to the seafront through to the Old Town. The route then goes up All Saints Street, over The Bourne and down the High Street, before moving back along the seafront to the bonfire’s traditional position on Pelham Beach.

Nick Lynas, HBBS chairman, said: “The event will still be as spectacular as ever, but these small changes will reduce the amount of congestion in the rest of the town and we will still process along most of the same roads, just sometimes in a different direction.

“The direction change also allows HBBS to reduce expenditure on road closures and security, which is especially necessary in these hard financial times for voluntary organisations.”

Dozens of other bonfire societies will join the torch-lit procession through the town, with drummers, dancers and firecarts making up a spectacle of sound and vision.

Nick added: “Throughout the year, members of the bonfire society give their time and energy to raise the tens of thousands of pounds needed to stage the event, which this year is being held on October 18, the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. As always, the procession will stop near the America Ground for a short ceremony commemorating its history and declaring the society’s passage through the ground.

The procession starts at 7.15pm when members of Hastings Runners light the East Hill beacon, with the bonfire and then fireworks starting at about 9pm.