May I, as chairman of the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society (HBBS), thank all our captains, members, supporters, programme advertisers, Renegade Pyrotechnics, Sussex Police, St John ambulance, SE Camb, Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and of course the general public who came out in their many thousands to produce such an atmosphere and reception for the 1,500 plus bonfire boyes in the procession.
Also thanks to the numerous companies, groups and individuals who gave their financial support, time, materials and advice so freely.
This event is definitely by the community in the community and for the community
The generosity of the crowd was such that over £4,600 was collected for local charities.
Whilst not wishing to repeat myself in your august newspaper, HBBS is a volunteer society and nobody is paid even though the planning , batt cutting, torch making, fund raising event marshalling, fire work displays, etc and the event itself takes up the whole year.
As such HBBS has to raise £16,000 to put on this awesome event and fill to the rafters the pubs, restaurants, B&Bs and hotels for which a small few do show their appreciation and support us.
This coming year will be our 21st which coincides with the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and HBBS would like to rise to the occasion by being higher, bigger, brighter and stunning.
To do this we need you, the reader to become a member and you the local business to sponsor/support us.
Our membership reopens on November 10 so watch out for further information on or after that date.
We meet at the White Rock Hotel on the second Tuesday of the month so please come along and find out what makes us tick, or you can go to our website www.hbbs.info or our Facebook site, Hastings Borough Bonfire Society.
And finally may I categorically state that no seagulls were harmed during our event.
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