Hastings gearing up for bonfire spectacular

Hastings Bonfire
Hastings Bonfire

ORGANISERS of this year’s spectacular torch-lit procession and bonfire are gearing up for a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday, October 15.

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society’s annual event starts with the lighting of the beacon at around 7pm before the procession starts at The Stade from 7.15pm.

It will go around the Old Town, before reaching the seafront by 8pm and arriving at the town hall by 8.45pm.

The fire is lit on Pelham beach before the fireworks go off and the effigy is burnt.

But Keith Leech, the president of the bonfire society is keen to remind everyone that all the of the above times could change on the night.

He said: “All of the times may vary according to circumstance and our main concern is to ensure that health and safety is 100 per cent right at all times.”

Around £10,000 has been spent on fireworks and the bonfire society will be joined by 32 visiting bonfire societies, dance groups, and a variety of bands.

Money will be collected on the night for local charities and the society hopes to raise more than the £6,000 it did last year. Spectators are asked not to bring their own fireworks, to keep pets indoors, to keep their children with them and not push them to the front.

There will be very loud bangs both in the display and procession and people of a nervous disposition are advised not to attend.

Spectators should not pick up spent torches, bring glass bottles or glasses, and not cross safety barriers.

The bonfire will again this year not be open to the public at any time.

As usual the society’s effigy is a closely guarded secret but the president promises it will be ‘terrifying’ and based on a local controversy.

Motorists are reminded all roads around the Old Town, seafront and town centre will be closed possibly as long as between 6pm and 11pm, depending on circumstances. Cars parked in All Saints Street and High Street will also be towed away.

See page 35 for a map of the route