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Edenbridge Bonfire Society - BONFIRE 2012

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  1. Edenbridge

    Edenbridge New Member

    BONFIRE 2012 is coming very soon!
    We are getting ready for our big event on Saturday 3rd November

    Put it in your diary now!


    At the head of the Procession the Bishop of Bonfire presides over his choirboys, closely followed by the Bonfire Society’s effigies, the infamous traitor Guy Fawkes accompanied by poor Anne Boleyn with her head tucked underneath her arm!). Some 2,000 torches illuminate elaborate tableaux and bands. Many remember Ken Brown who was our Bishop for many years. Jamie Wheeler now follows in grandfather's footsteps as the third generation of the family to hold the starring role!

    Fireworks and Guys
    As well as some of the loudest and most spectacular fireworks in the country, you will see Britain’s largest free-standing effigy of the man who started it all, Guy Fawkes and (as a much newer tradition) you will also see a Celebrity Guy, a newsworthy national or international figure. Both effigies stand around 30ft in height and will cunningly self-destruct in a series of spectacular explosions!

    Who can enter, how to enter
    We welcome entries from any businesses, schools, clubs, youth groups, families and individuals who would like to take part in the procession. Some groups enter elaborate floats, others as walking parties and we have a number of individual entrants each year – currently around 20 groups in all.... and growing! It's not too late to take part, either, just visit us at www.edenbridgebonfire.co.uk

    How to get there
    By rail to Edenbridge Town
    By car - but be aware that roads are closed at 6.00pm When and where the procession goes
    The thousands of people who attend each year begin to gather in the town before the local roads are closed and a band plays in the High Street from around 6.15pm. The procession starts in Fircroft Way at around 6.30pm, travels the whole length of the town, circles at the South end and then returns to the top of the High Street
    The display is in Lingfield Road recreation ground where the amazing firework display usually starts at 8.30pm (ish!)
  2. Edenbridge

    Edenbridge New Member

    Lance Armstrong celebrity guy to burn at Edenbridge

    Lance Armstrong beat competition from Abu Hamza and George Osborne to be the guy at the Edenbridge bonfire celebrations

    An effigy of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong wearing a Jim'll Fix It badge will be burned at a Kent town's annual bonfire celebrations.

    A 30ft (9m) model of the American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offences, will go up in flames in Edenbridge.

    The Jim'll Fix It badge is in reference to TV presenter Jimmy Savile who is suspected of widespread sexual abuse.

    Radical cleric Abu Hamza and Chancellor George Osborne were also considered.

    Members of the Edenbridge Bonfire Society said choosing Mr Armstrong as the effigy, which will be torched in front of thousands of people on Saturday, was not easy.

    'Biggest villain'
    Spokesman Mark Young said:
    Society co-ordinator Charles Laver said Mr Osborne was ruled out for being "a bit boring".

    "We had a shortlist which included Jimmy Savile but it was decided it would not be nice to use him as a lot of children attend the bonfire and they might start asking their parents questions," he said.

    "Then we had George Osborne but he hasn't really got a face that everyone knows and he's just a chap in a suit. We felt he would be a bit boring.

    "We started to do Abu Hamza but then we decided we weren't entirely happy to do him, so Lance Armstrong came out of the woodwork."

    Sussex martyrs

    Other public figures who have been chosen as the celebrity guy at Edenbridge in past years include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.

    Last year the society chose Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who was picked after a firework was set off in his bathroom.

    Edenbridge Bonfire Society is one of dozens of bonfire societies across the South East, mainly in Sussex.

    The societies are thought to have grown out of the "cult of the Sussex martyrs" which started in the 19th Century.

    Every year during October and November each society holds a 10-week "bonfire season".

    Bookmaker William Hill had Mr Armstrong listed as the favourite to be the effigy, with footballers John Terry, Ashley Cole and Luis Suarez also considered.

    BBC News

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