Event Report 2013
£4,000 for local charities
It may have been cold but the night was dry and thanks to the amazing efforts of hundreds of volunteers, schools, community groups and associations who took part, Edenbridge Bonfire Society will be able to pass on an outstanding £4,000 to local charities! The Committee will meet up early in the New Year to decide on which local good causes should benefit
This maintains the successes of the street collections and other charity fundraising in recent years and the Society would like to thank all those who worked so hard and the members of the public who gave so generously.
Another top class procession
2nd November saw 17 organisations and associations taking part in the traditional procession through the High Street. The Society would like to send special thanks to the Littlehampton Bonfire Society for making the long journey and also to the Portsmouth Batala Band (pictured above) who traveled to Edenbridge specially to support the event. They asked if anybody minded if they started playing while the floats were assembling – and then kept on playing (and smiling!) continuously every inch of the way down and up the High Street until the procession finally finished. Everybody admired their amazing energy and passion for what they do.
A thank you to sponsors
On behalf of the whole Town, the Society is would like to show its thanks to the local businesses who make the event possible through very generous sponsorship and practical support like providing materials and selling tickets.
It seemed like the town came out to watch
The streets were crowded, local pubs and restaurants did lots of business and street traders were selling out of nighttime toys. Light sabres, flashing headgear and fluorescent necklaces seemed to be everywhere!
Attendance is always difficult to estimate but despite the uncertain weather was close to previous years. The reputation of Edenbridge is clearly spreading with more and more people coming long distances from London, Kent and Surrey to see the fun, however the prize for the longest distance travelled must certainly go to James Laver and his partner who came all the way from Florida! Of course, James is the son of Edenbridge bonfire’s main man Charles Laver!
Awards night 13th December
All those who took part in the procession and the volunteer helpers are invited to the awards presentation evening on 13th December in Rickards Hall, starting at 7.00pm. Local press will be very welcome to attend
A moment of silence…
Before the firework display, the thousands of people gathered in the display field paid their respects to local girl Bethany Freeman of Lyden’s Lane in Hever who was fatally injured during the St Jude’s storm.
… before the storm
As every, the fireworks were simply spectacular, recognized as the best in the region. This year’s display finished with an even bigger bang than ever before – including a very special purple firework in memory of Sue Laver, the much loved Chairman of the Bonfire Society.
Edenbridge Bonfire Society is certainly not letting the grass grow! The team has already held three meetings including with the team from Kent Police to start the planning process for next year.