Lewes on Bonfire Nights – they really go for it (Picture: Getty Images)
For most people in the UK, Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night or November 5 tends to be a fairly miserable affair. A few sparklers, the Catherine Wheel that won’t turn and a modest bonfire.
They do things differently in Lewes.
Otherwise a fairly sleepy and well-to-do town, not far from Brighton and dominating the Ouse valley, come ‘the Fifth’ and the place changes from calm to a hive of pyromania and dressing up.
Of course, Guy Fawkes Night is a commemoration of the failed gunpowder plot of 1605. And that event is given added importance because of the 17 protestant martyrs burnt in Lewes during the 16th century.
And under all that is a spirit of subversiveness and independence that serves to show that the people of Lewes ‘wun’t be druv.’
It’s a serious spectacle and…
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