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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bonfire. And so it begins.

So this is a close-up of my Sunday mornings. Hessian, wooden sticks, and wire, the raw materials for making flaming torches for bonfire processions that take place all over Sussex during the months of September, October and November.

The only other raw material needed at this stage is a willing body to assemble these items and a small child to collect the finished ones and carry them to the shed for stacking. Children generally don't have the strength required in their hands for wrapping the wire and securing the head of the torch, and it is important that one's torch heads do not fall off. Collecting torches is a great introduction to bonfire life for the young ones who are the future of bonfire.

Am I going to show you the yard?  The other activities going on and all the people and stuff assembled in the early morning light to prepare for the 5th of November?  No, actually.  I feel that it's right to preserve the mystery so that if your curiosity gets the better of you, you might feel moved to join in next year.  But I will be giving you tantalising glimpses over the coming weeks of this fascinating Sussex tradition.

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