County News: Record Guy Fawkes taking shape

Lewes Borough Bonfire Society has promised this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before - quite literally - as they prepare to blow up a record-breaking Guy Fawkes effigy.

Wednesday, 4th November 2015, 5:13 pm
Photo by Peter Cripps. SUS-150411-135218001

The town’s oldest bonfire society will submit the 50ft guy to Guinness World Records in the hopes of being recognised as the largest ever bonfire effigy.

To ensure the display goes off with a bang, the giant guy will be stuffed with more fireworks than ever used before in the society’s 162-year history.

The effigy can already be seen at the LBBS’s firesite at Landport Bottom in the South Downs National Park.

Work to set up the firesite began on Sunday (November 1) and last-minute arrangements will continue right up until this (Thursday November 5) morning.

The giant effigy will be burnt today after the fifth procession of the night, which will wind its way from the White Lion Lane through High Street, Western Road and Nevill Road.

During the processions the town’s two oldest societies – LBBS & Cliffe Bonfire Society – will meet on the Cliffe bridge over the river Ouse.

The societies’ commanders-in-chief will exchange a large symbolic key at the meeting.

LBBS fire site is located on the South Downs National Park close to Landport bottom, site of the Battle of Lewes 1264 and traditional warning beacons.

The fire, aerial display and giant guy will be visible for dozens of miles. Access is from Nevil Road, Lewes via the private road to Lewes Racecourse.

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