Bonfire celebrations back on Shoreham Beach

Shoreham Bonfire Society's annual celebrations on Shoreham Beach
Shoreham Bonfire Society's annual celebrations on Shoreham Beach

SHOREHAM Bonfire Society has high hopes for a bumper celebration next month, after high winds forced it to cancel last year’s event.

Returning bigger and better than ever before, the annual samba procession, bonfire and fireworks are planned for Saturday, November 7.

The large crowd gathering at the end of the procession, featuring the Beach Bateria Samba Band

The large crowd gathering at the end of the procession, featuring the Beach Bateria Samba Band

The free community-run event on Shoreham Beach is now in its sixth year.

For the first time, a guaranteed minimum of 10 per cent of the money collected on the night will go to Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, something that was planned for last year before the event was cancelled.

Jonathan Marshall, society chairman, said: “After the disappointment of last year, when strong inland winds prevented the event going ahead, we are delighted to be back again this and looking forward to being able to raise money for a great local charity like Chestnut Tree House.

“We are thankful to the community for supporting the event each year and hope that they will give generously again so that we can give more to the charity.”

This year’s bucket collection will be carried out with the help of the 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts.

The procession, featuring the Beach Bateria Samba Band, will gather on Beach Green from 6pm, ready to set off at 6.30pm. Ten-year-old Shoreham boy Charlie Ferrier, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has been receiving care and support at Chestnut Tree House, will be out in front, having been promised the position last year.

The parade along King’s Walk will end at the Church of the Good Shepherd, where the bonfire on the beach will be lit at 7pm.

The professionally-managed fireworks display begins at 7.15pm and lasts about 12 minutes. Then from 7.30pm, bands from Shoreham Allstars will be performing live.

The society has also asked the young musicians to record an extended version of their composition Recover Together to accompany the start of the fireworks.

The music was created in the days following the Shoreham Airshow crash, for which a number of them were present, as they tried to process the difficult emotions.

Mr Marshall said: “As a family community event, we felt the Recover Together was an important show of respect and feel it is a fitting tribute.”

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