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Firle "bonfire"

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On 26 Oct 2015 at 1:05pm Big Bang wrote:
Would just like to say how appealed I was at firle bonfire on Saturday! £10 to park your car in a muddy field, £5 for a small burger, the archbishop banging on about bonfire traditions etc and then to have their tab and fireworks to music. Must add that the fireworks weren't in time to the music! Where is the tradition in that? Also marshals didn't know what was going on, one marshal didn't even know what time the fireworks were going off. The procession didn't really know where it was going, looked very disorganised. Don't like to moan but it was an appalling non traditional bonfire. One to cross off the list to go to next year!
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 1:24pm Firle And Ashamed wrote:
They are bunch racist bumpkins who couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 1:40pm Zzz... wrote:
I've often thought how great it would be to watch the fireworks with some extremely loud classical music. Co-ordinated mind.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 2:01pm Little bang wrote:
So you parked your car for a tenner , cheaper than Brighton , and then you paid what to see the fireworks ? So that's a tenner for both , and if you had 4 in the car that's £2.50 , Lindt have to have a burger in sure the price was displayed before you purchased , but as you say your not going back there isn't a real problem ,is there
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 2:16pm Guido wrote:
Well said Little Bang. Come to our towns for a FREE display costing thousands of pounds, park on private land (would have liked to have seen where else you could have parked in Firle), and proceed to complain about it! Did you put you hand in your pocket and donate anything to the society? I very much doubt it! Go away and do not return.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 2:46pm Red wrote:
I don't go to Firle any more mostly because of the music
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 3:41pm Tractor wrote:
Interesting points of view here. Do remember that nothing in bonfire is put on for spectators, it is put on by the society for the members. When you have that in your head it will all look very different. Then you'll be able to see that the procession was a special one and all those involved I'm sure enjoyed it despite the rain. The service at the war memorial was the most powerful I've seen in bonfire. At the fire site the music was only for the effigy and tab and they had no music for the main fireworks (which btw was one of the longest displays I've seen). The sermon got an enthusiastic response from all the bonfire boys and girls. Doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks does it? It happens with spectators, and it'd happen without them too.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 3:49pm George 11 wrote:
Can you tell us the gist of the sermon ? Was it to do with the War memorial/ remembrance.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 7:31pm Rufus wrote:
What a shame that Firle don't invite other societies to their evening.
They seem more than happy to enjoy the hospitality of others through out the season.
Having spent many years attending Fletching, the village being to small argument doesn't really work for me.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 7:33pm Sussex Jim wrote:
Go to some of the other villages where you can park for free; and take your own food and drink. Eat before or after, to avoid buying dubious street food.
But put some money in the tins ,to pay for the fireworks and the good causes that the surplus inevitably goes to.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 7:50pm Malthus wrote:
@Rufus ... Fletching is three times the size of Firle.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 7:56pm Rufus wrote:
REALLY, not the Fletching I know.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 8:34pm Guido wrote:
I like Firle, but agree that music is not part of traditional Bonfire.
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 8:39pm Menthal wrote:
I'm sure the DFL'....... Members enjoyed the traditional music of Dire Straits.....
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On 26 Oct 2015 at 10:05pm IMEYOU wrote:
Each To Their Own and as for Traditional Bonfire whatever that is, that disappeared years ago. I have been to Firle several times and have witness their firework displays and I rate them highly, the music in the background works well with their well made topical tabs. But you cannot but admire the work that must go into a full on Son et Lumiere as in the Fletching fireworks.
Even the Lewes Bonfire is not as traditional as it used to be but that is another long story. Lest We Forget
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On 27 Oct 2015 at 4:59pm Claire wrote:
Tractor - I'm never totally convinced about the argument that the societies do bonfire for the societies. I think a lot of members (myself included) would be reluctant to get involved in processions around the sports field witnessed by 1 man and his dog. The spectators add a huge amount to the event and should be welcomed.
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On 27 Oct 2015 at 5:04pm Combine wrote:
Perhaps you should ask yourself when you do it then Claire
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On 27 Oct 2015 at 5:41pm Drama Queen wrote:
'Why you do it Claire' surely??
And the answer is to be somewhat the centre of attrention like the rest of them
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On 27 Oct 2015 at 6:10pm Claire wrote:
I don't combine. That's my point.
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On 28 Oct 2015 at 12:58am Commercial gal wrote:
Last year CSBS had a new route around the back of town, walking through Wallands to the Offham Rd to line up for the united grand procession. It was the best route of the night, just few local residents watching and no mental behaviour from loutish students and other idiotic onlookers down the High St. It was far less stressful as we didn't have to worry about stupid members of the public trying to grab torches, high five us, throw fireworks or try to join in. I much prefer the quieter years with fewer spectators
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On 28 Oct 2015 at 9:32am Commercial boi wrote:
@commercial gal. Spot on. It was so nice not to have to deal with numpty pissed people, bolshy photographers and the general I'll informed masses. Long may it continue. The street collection was up as well which speaks volumes
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On 28 Oct 2015 at 1:11pm Penguin wrote:
By far the best Cliffe procession is the last one when everyone else has gone home and the streets are empty
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On 28 Oct 2015 at 3:55pm Commercial boi wrote:
@penguin totally agree except for swapping cliffe for CSBS
 
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On 28 Oct 2015 at 3:55pm Commercial boi wrote:
@penguin totally agree except for swapping cliffe for CSBS
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On 29 Oct 2015 at 11:12am Ed Can Do wrote:
Firle bonfire is a great night out. If you don't want to pay to park then by all means get the train to Glynde and walk across and see how much change from a £20 note you get for four people. Considering the village is tiny and there are no more than 30 or so very active members of the society, to put on an event of that scale and a display that good is incredibly impressive. True, Firle don't invite visiting societies but people are welcome to turn up and join on the night to march (And a lot do) and they don't just turn up at outmeetings, you have to be invited so if other villages didn't want them there they wouldn't be there.

Funny how the people who insist that Bonfire societies secretly court the crowds are always those who aren't members themselves. Anyone who is an active society member (And by that I mean not just one who turns up on the 5th) and a huge majority of the fifthers would agree that nobody wants huge crowds of tourists. Go to any village outmeeting and you'll see the procession route heading out into the countryside where there are no crowds and yet the members involved will walk and enjoy the entire route.

Complaining about the quality of essentially free entertainment that isn't put on for your benefit is basically a really poor showing.


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