Press Release: Bonfire Information

Littlehampton Bonfire Society has issued a reminder that on no account should any rubbish be deposited on the bonfire site, at the East Green car park, before Monday 20th October. The public are also urged to act responsibly regarding the materials they bring to the fire. Commented society secretary Richard Cooper,

‘We have permission to commence building the fire on Monday 20th October. Anyone dumping rubbish on the site prior to this will be acting illegally, and will face prosecution. Only non – toxic, combustible items such as wood and garden waste may be deposited. On no account may polystyrene foam, polyurethane foam, aerosols, batteries, bottles, tins of paint, tyres or containers of any liquids be brought to the site. We must also stress that we cannot accept any beds, settees, armchairs or carpets at all. We hope the public will take note of what they can and can’t bring, as we will turn away any prohibited items, and they will have had a wasted trip.

We are unable to provide any transport – the public must find their own means of getting their rubbish to the bonfire. The bonfire is built by volunteers for the benefit of the town and the local charities that benefit from Bonfire Night. A small minority of people unfortunately abuse this facility each year by trying to dump prohibited and non – combustible items, and we are urging them to act responsibly.’

Material may be brought to the fire between the hours of 9.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. only, each day from Monday 20th October to Thursday 23rd October, although the site may be closed earlier in the week, depending on the size of the fire.

The society is also appealing for more people to come forward to help build the fire. Explained Richard,

‘We would like to hear from any groups or individuals who would be willing to spare some time in the week preceding the event to help build the bonfire. The bonfire has been on the same site on The Green since the celebrations of the Victorian Littlehampton Bonfire Society in the 19th century. It is one of Littlehampton’s traditions that it has a ‘mammoth bonfire’ each year – nowadays thought to be the biggest in Sussex, with some Sussex bonfire and carnival societies not having a fire at all. If we are to maintain this tradition we need people to come forward to help to build it.’

Anyone willing to assist is asked to email the society on littlehamptonbonfiresociety@hotmail.co.uk , or contact Tyndall Jones at David O. Jones Sports or Richard Cooper on 01903 725149 as soon as possible.

The bonfire will form the centrepiece of the society’s Bonfire Night spectacular on Saturday 25th October. Times for the bonfire, firework display and processions are to be found in the Bonfire Night programmes, now on sale in shops in Littlehampton, Wick, Rustington and East Preston and at the Look and Sea Centre, River Road, Littlehampton. See the society’s website www.littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk for programme stockists.

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