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On 11 Oct 2012 at 7:22pm Student wrote:
Excuse me, but it is a very small number of people that actually injure others from societies, most of us take caution and are just looking to carry on a 400 year tradition. If you do not like bonfire night, or do not want to take any risks, stay at home
On 11 Oct 2012 at 7:29pm BonfireLAD wrote:
Well said!
On 11 Oct 2012 at 7:34pm Bonfire Gal wrote:
Very good point student!
On 11 Oct 2012 at 7:46pm landporter wrote:
Until it becomes a closed society and the public are banned, you still have a sense of duty to protect other society members and members of the public.
End of arguement
On 11 Oct 2012 at 8:34pm Tim wrote:
Lets be honest. The whole thing would just fizzle out if the public were banned.
On 11 Oct 2012 at 9:06pm Local wrote:
You really have no idea about the heart of Bonfire, do you Tim?
On 11 Oct 2012 at 9:36pm Tim wrote:
Have you ever tried standing on the outside and looking in?
On 11 Oct 2012 at 9:38pm Pearliegirliestar wrote:
Sometimes there's barely a soul at an outfire and that still goes on, because there's plenty of bonfire people to enjoy it. I heard someone say oh they should ban it but they don't because the town want a the money.......what money exactly...you can hardly get a drink or something to eat its so busy, and hardly any places to go, and the caterers come from outside?
On 11 Oct 2012 at 9:50pm Local wrote:
Yes - for ten years before moving here, joining a society and getting fully involved. It would carry on, because we do it all for ourselves.
On 11 Oct 2012 at 10:05pm Tim wrote:
It would be like playing in the FA cup final in an empty stadium.
On 11 Oct 2012 at 10:20pm Local wrote:
Boll*x! Do you seriously think that hundreds of people put in hundreds of hours of prep, in cold damp barns and the like, solely to entertain thousands of strangers? Grow up.
On 11 Oct 2012 at 10:32pm Another resident wrote:
I hate bonfire night, the noise, the mess, the disruption, the fact you cant step foot outside your home without being confronted with thousands of visitors from who knows where ever, shouting, pushing, drunk with no respect for anyone else . My dog also hates it, hes terrified he cant even have a s*?t in peace. Ban Bonfire sod the tradition thats what I say. Bah!!!!
On 12 Oct 2012 at 7:36am Pete wrote:
I love bonfire night, the quietness, the tidiness, the coordination, the fact you can step foot outside your home and join in with thousands of visitors from who knows where ever, cheering, singing, happy with all love and respect for everyone else . My dog also loves it too. Promote the Bonfires, and keep the tradition thats what I say. Huzzzzaaaah!!!!
On 12 Oct 2012 at 8:04am Teacher wrote:
What the hells the matter with you anti bonfire people. This is a once a year one night celebration and yet some of you go on as if it was a regular event. Grow up, Get a life and leave them alone.
On 12 Oct 2012 at 9:20am kitty cat wrote:
Well said Teacher. I know its noisy. But it is a spectacular thing to see. Get involved! You will see how much prep goes on and how much fun it is.
On 12 Oct 2012 at 11:18am London Exile wrote:
All these middle class do gooders who want to ban 400 odd years of tradition in bonfire are the first to denigrate so called "little englander bigots" who quite rightly baulk at some of the "wonderful new cultural traditions" that immigrants have brought to the lovely multi cultural melting pot( that no-one from the white working class asked for) that london has become, but hey, they could afford to move away from it all to lewes.
On 12 Oct 2012 at 11:50am Old Cynic wrote:
Iv'e said this before - I used to really enjoy bonfire, but my dogs don't so I go away for a couple of nights somewhere quieter - I save a couple of days of leave and plan the pennies so I can do it and get someone to house sit - BUT I would never, ever, want to see Bonfire banned - or stop anyone from enjoying it. Local traditions; along with our regional dialects and regional foods, are becoming rarer and we must protect them and encourage them - so to all Bonfire 'haters', if you don't like it, leave for a few days and it will all be over when you come back. Neville's celebrations on Saturday - its gonna be loud so I'm off to a quiet pub for some grub! Huzza for Bonfire!
On 12 Oct 2012 at 11:51am Penguin wrote:
@Tim. The same old argument that it is the crowds that make Bonfire Night. Absolute rubbish. They get in the way, are quite often abusive or threatening when you ask them to move out of the road, even though there might be a 20' tableau about to run them over, and for the free show they are getting they find it very hard to reach into their pockets for a few pennies to put into the charity collecting boxes. The best part of the evening is when all the crowds have gone home leaving only the societies on the streets to do their thing.
Contrary to what you might think therefore, if anything is going to stop Bonfire it is more likely to be the problems caused by the crowds and the behaviour displayed by a minority of them.
On 12 Oct 2012 at 3:21pm Resident A wrote:
@Another resident, move out of lewes then, it's our mass tradition that along with the castle brings interest and tourism into our town. Send your dog to a friends for the night, simple as that
On 12 Oct 2012 at 3:22pm Irrelevant Steve wrote:
I just saw a dog having a conversation with a cat - and people say that they can't get along? Well, I beg to differ.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 9:11am Injured wrote:
I can't get my phone to post the link but on the NJBS site there's a piece stating that they and all Sussex societies have totally banned ALL drop down fireworks ( rookies/bangers), both on their night and the 5th ( and out meetings). Availability of 'safer' ones might have made them decide this?
Does this mean the clergy stand tradition is gone?
As a bonfire person who was injured last year, I feel that had the red rookies been available this year, bonfire might have gone back to how it used to be. It WAS only the dangerous rookies that caused an horribly unique scenario!
I would blame the greedy vendors of the blue rookie, ie PERCY'S who put profits before people!
On 13 Oct 2012 at 9:28am Ed Can Do wrote:
I wouldn't believe too much of what you read on the internet. A lot of places report that Bonfire Night is cancelled every year too.

You can still get the reds but actually, last year's batch had as big a chunk of cement in the end as the blues.
On 13 Oct 2012 at 3:52pm Injured wrote:
Oh an official statement can't be believed!
On 15 Oct 2012 at 7:33pm Dan wrote:
I've noticed that the people who throw fireworks usually have terrible teeth, greasy hair and are, in the main, fairly ugly. Do you think there is a connection between all this and the podgyness previously mentioned??

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