Cliffe Bonfire Society cancels its Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations for 2020

Cliffe Bonfire Society has today announced that it’s cancelling its Bonfire Night celebration on 5th November 2020.

The 167-year-old society last had to cancel its participation in 1960 following severe flooding in Lewes.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the society says “this decision has been taken primarily to protect our members’ and community’s safety, but also to ensure that we do not burden our emergency services when their presence may be needed elsewhere”.

It notes that current coronavirus legislation would prohibit the planned Lewes Bonfire event, pointing out the likelihood of these rules remaining in place in some form. “As a society run by part time volunteers”, it says, “it would be almost impossible for us to comply with these requirements for the 1000 plus people who participate or the thousands of spectators that this fantastic event attracts.”

The message ends “Rest assured, the Cliffe will be back, hopefully in 2021, more spectacular, louder and better than ever”.

None of the other Lewes Bonfire societies have made any announcement about their plans for 5th November in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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