Littlehampton Bonfire Society is appealing for more local entries to take part in the famous Bonfire Night parade, which this year takes place on Saturday 31st October.
Explained society secretary, Richard Cooper,
‘The standard of decoration and illumination of entries at our 2014 celebrations was very good and we are grateful to all those groups who put in so much time and effort to take part in the processions. It was however a disappointment that the number of entries was down, in particular in view of the level of support our members give to other bonfire and carnival events throughout the year. We have increased the prize money on offer this year, which we hope will help to boost the number of entries. Many carnivals and processions across the country have become smaller or disappeared completely in recent years and we would like to see more support from local businesses and organisations to help ensure this does not happen to Littlehampton Bonfire Night.’
As an incentive to would be entrants, increased cash prizes for the best illuminated float and walking group of £150 each are on offer, with runners up prizes of £100 and £50 in each of these classes. In addition the top float will receive the coveted Mixed Bunch Trophy – currently held by Littlehampton Churches Together with their outstanding Noah’s Ark creation. Judges pay particular attention to the standard of illumination as well as the standard of decoration of the floats. The top walking group receives the K C Memorial Cup, with last year’s winners of this category being Ashington Festival’s Lego People. The New West Preston Manor Nursery School Cup is awarded to the best youth float or walking group in the procession and for the first time this year this will be accompanied by a cash prize of £100. The honours in this category last year were claimed by The Wonder Girls from Bognor Regis in their Halloween disguises. There is no set theme, so entries can be as varied and imaginative as possible.
‘One way in which local businesses and organisations can become involved in Bonfire Night is by entering an illuminated float, which will not only boost our procession, but as we regularly attract excellent crowds, will provide first class publicity for them. While many carnivals and processions across the country are sadly in decline, we hope that the local community will help us to reverse this trend and once again put on a bonfire procession of the highest possible standard in Littlehampton.’
Entry forms for illuminated float and walking group entries can be obtained from Tyndall Jones at David O Jones Sports, 9 High Street, Littlehampton or can be downloaded from the Bonfire Society’s website www.littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk.