Littlehampton Bonfire Society has issued an urgent appeal for suitable premises for the preparation and storage of torches and equipment to enable its members to continue the Sussex bonfire tradition in the town. Explained society secretary, Richard Cooper.
‘We have to completely vacate our current site by Christmas at the latest and if we can’t find a suitable site before then we will sadly not be able to continue to hold celebrations in the town. We currently have use of storage facilities for the materials for making the torches for our celebrations together with road signs, water barrels and other event equipment. The torches are also made at this site by a small group of our members on about six Sundays during the year, with final preparations in the week preceding our event. Without suitable storage facilities where we can also make the torches we will be unable to continue to stage Bonfire Night. Although this will not affect this year’s event we are very anxious to find alternative facilities as soon as possible.
We require secure premises at a location in the Littlehampton area, or alternatively a site where we can place two container units, where the torches can be made on Saturdays or Sundays without causing disturbance to local residents. The total site area we require is approximately 40 feet by 20 feet. Access to the site for a lorry will be required to load up the torches and equipment for the celebrations. We unfortunately would not be able to afford a commercial rent.’
Anyone able to help the society with new torch making and storage facilities is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively telephone Richard Cooper on 01903 725149.