The village of East Hoatlhy prepares for bonfire night. East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society near the famous Sussex county town of Lewes in East Sussex, focus their bonfire night celebrations on armistice and Remembrance Sunday. The carrying of 31 burning crosses represents each villager lost in the conflicts. Huge wooden banners are set ablaze and carried through the streets.
Picture shows the finishing touches to the bonfire. Each year a new secret theme is revealed and built for the occasion. In 2008 a War Memorial was built to honour the 90th anniversary of Armistice. Placed at the top was a huge wooden angel seen here. Bonfire night traditionally sees thousands of people on the streets of Sussex in parades, processions and at bonfires with spectacular firework displays. The festivities mostly commemorate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when conspirators led by Robert Catesby planned to blow up King James I as he opened Parliament, the plot being foiled by the discovery of Guy Fawkes about to ignite the barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament. Bonfires have long been used to mark various other key victories or deliverances and have helped form what is now a complex custom. Most celebration nights take place close to November the 5th. A key part to all is the commemoration of all who fell in the two World Wars.