Burgess Hill Torchilit Procession and Bonfire 2009

INFORMATION ON PROCESSION ROUTE, FIREWORKS, PARKING, TRAVEL

After the hot and humid gathering in Mayfield yesterday, next Saturday, 26th September 2009 sees the Sussex Bonfire circus move to the West Sussex (former East Sussex!) town of Burgess Hill.

Back in Victorian times, Burgess Hill was known for it’s “theme park” at Victoria Gardens.  These days it’s better known as “that place between Brighton and Crawley, just off the A23.  Although often made to look second best to neighbouring Haywards Heath, it has twice the number of train stations, a railway junction AND a level crossing!  It also has the newish A2300, which, as well as having a smart number, it makes the town very easy to access, just 3 mins for Hickstead and the A23.

So, what about the bonfire?  In 1894 the first recorded bonfire celebrations were held in the town and in 1969 the society we know today was formed.  This year there are some changes to the procession route of the second procession, and also there will be a ceremony at the war memorial too, before the main events kick off.  Around 5,000 people attended the event last year, and many of the roads around the town are closed on a “rolling” basis, so try and be sensible with your parking, obey local instructions and be courteous to the residents of the town.

At 1840 there will be a service of remembrance at the war memorial for the members of the society, before the main procession gets underway from 1930.

FIRST PROCESSION (1930 start):

  • Cyprus Road Car Park (behind the precinct)
  • Crescent Road
  • Mill Road
  • Cyprus Road
  • Church Road
  • Station Road
  • Silverdale Road

SECOND PROCESSION (2030 start):

  • Silverdale Road
  • Station Road
  • Church Road NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
  • Crescent Way NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
  • Church Road
  • Lower Church Road
  • Royal George Road
  • Fairfield Road
  • Western Road
  • Fairfield Recreation Ground

Fireworks and the Bonfire will be around 21:45-22:00.

Burgess Hill station is served by frequent services from London, Brighton, Worthing and Hove and Wivelsfield station (which is like “Burgess Hill North station) is served by trains from Lewes and Eastbourne.

For more information, please see the programme of events, which is available for sale at shops in the town, or the Burgess Hill Bonfire Society website.

Note:  Some people call the procession a “bonfire parade”!  This is incorrect lingo! 😛

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