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Cliffe bonfire / effigies and procession route

On 26 Oct 2005 at 3:37pm Dave Cameron wrote:
I am back in Lewes this year after some time and I have managed to get tickets for the Cliffe firesite.
I understand from some time ago that Cliffe do not take part in the Grand Union Procession (or do they). I am looking to get some good pics for a website of the effigies as they are taken round the town. It is well know that Cliffe are famous for their annual massive and well made effigy of some issue / person in the recent headlines. Where therefore is best to view the main procession which includes cliffe?? Cliffe high st., friars walk, war memorial, school hill etc????
On 26 Oct 2005 at 6:42pm bill wrote:
I'm told that Cliffe are breaking with tradition this year and joining the united procession. Don't know whether this true ro not as I got it from a CSBS member.
On 27 Oct 2005 at 10:08am Nulli Secundas wrote:
Cliffe are NOT part of the United Grand procession this year. They will be coming down the town ahead of the United Grand, but are not part of it. They remain fiercely independant.
Which website by the way? Any good pics there already? Might be able to help.
On 27 Oct 2005 at 7:27pm Dave Cameron wrote:
Thanks Folks. So if I were to position myself at the War Memorial in good time, I'll catch the mighty Cliffe followed by the Union Procession?? Any better reccomendation for a place to watch would be apprechiated. Only problem with the War Mem. is the usual crush. If it is the best to see set pieces in the procession then it may be best. Will the Cliffe be processing past there with their main tableau (such as Bin Laden in 2001, Firle Ram in 2004)??
In fact if anyone can provide details (and rough times) for the full Union and Cliffe procession routes that would be great. Also since I last was in Lewes Cliffe have moved site. It is near Ham Lane, but how can it be accessed?? (I have tickets but no programme!)
Many thanks!
On 27 Oct 2005 at 7:30pm Dave Cameron wrote:
BTW - Pics are for a new website in partnership with "Visit Britain" looking at traditional UK customs/events that have survived the test of time. E.g. Lewes bonfire, Olney Pancake race, Cheese Rolling, Yorvik Viking Festival, Shetland Boat Burning etc etc.
On 28 Oct 2005 at 8:39am Nulli Secundas wrote:
The Tab (definitely not an effigy) has not, in recent times ('73 or '74 was the last time, I think) been upto the war memorial. The furthest it gets up the town is Albion Street.
Your firesite ticket details access information for the firesite.
Might have been a nice idea to approach the Cliffe (or indeed any of the Lewes societies) directly for information/pictures etc first? It's all well and good advertising the celebrations, but in the end that's what'll kill them. The town can't cope with influxes of people, most of whom do not understand the event and the activities involved. Apologies, it's one of my bug bears.
On 2 Nov 2005 at 8:15pm Dolly wrote:
Hear, hear Nulli Secundus. ANyway, if you want to know about the times of processions and routes why don't you buy a programme? They will be on sale on the 5th by members of the Cliffe, or there are plenty of shops/pubs selling them.
On 3 Nov 2005 at 12:39am Lewes Trousers wrote:
The trouble is nulli, if you have a celebration of fire and freedom of speech and so on you can't really stop people from outside coming in. I read somewhere on a week night 5th its normally around 70,000 people so what it will be on the saturday I have no idea.
I am not sure anyone really "understands" the event either, as I think it has so many strands. Perhaps we think we own it when really it is something borrowed.
So for the time being I will do a little bit of marching and burning, which actually I prefer to the fireworks
On 4 Nov 2005 at 8:14am Cary Elcome wrote:
I've booked a bed and breakfast for Saturday night, but only just discovered I need TICKETS for Cliffe Bonfire Society.............
I saw the bonfires about 20 years ago when I lived near Lewes. Now I'd like to see them again, and was planning a whole day in the town...
Can anyone help me get just two tickets, pleeeeeeeeeeeease?

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