Bonfire Society launch new 1066 theme Festival of Guys

Guy competition SUS-160919-115854001
Guy competition SUS-160919-115854001

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society has launched a Norman and Saxon Festival of Guys to coincide the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Adults and children are invited to create and display a Norman or Saxon themed guy around the town during Hastings Week, which runs from October 8 - 16.

There will be a free guy making workshop and story-telling session at St Clements Church, in the Old Town, on Saturday October 15 from 1.30am - 2.30pm.

This will be followed, on the same day, by a guy competition on the Stade Open Space from 3pm.

Guy makers are invited to parade their creations in the Grande Promenade from the Old Town to the town centre. Guys can then be left at the bonfire for burning.

Keith Leech, from the Bonfire Society, said: “The aim is to create a similar sort of atmosphere to the successful Battle Scarecrows event, with guys being displayed around the town.”

Events over the 950th anniversary weekend have been made possible by the 950th Hastings Celebrates Committee, a joint effort between the Bonfire Society, Jack in the Green, local businesses and the Old Town Carnival committee.

From noon on October 15, at the Stade Open Space, there will music, archery displays, Norman longboats, a hog roast, mead and cider.

Drumming performances will take place around the Old Town.

The highlight of the weekend will be the bonfire celebrations with a torch-lit procession and spectacular firework display on Saturday October 15. For more information on the guy festival visit

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