Though Saturday's celebrations at Brockham are dear to your author's heart - especially in a village setting like the one in which his childhood bonfire nights were spent - the annual celebrations at Lewes in Sussex, where the town's seven Bonfire Societies unite for spectacular displays on 5th November, is certainly a thoroughly competitive occasion.
From the procession of the flaming martyrs crosses and effigies of Guy Fawkes and Pope Paul V, to the letting off of bangers and other fireworks at very close proximity to spectators, the evening is a thoroughly traditional affair and though crowds get ridiculously big in some years, this year - with the 5th falling on a Monday night - offers as good a chance as any to see the celebrations up close. The six societies put on a number of different parades, firework displays and bonfires, occasionally making the evening quite confusing to the uninitiated, but it will certainly not be a disappointing experience for attendees.
For more, see http://www.lewesbonfirecouncil.org.uk/
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