By Steve Wilcock
There’s been an additional buzz in the air during The Cuckfield Bonfire and Fireworks Committee meetings this year.
It’s 30 years since the first Cuckfield Bonfire and Fireworks event (in its current form) was held – which makes this year’s celebrations very special.
It may not be the oldest of bonfire celebrations, but the fact that many of today’s committee members were there at the very beginning, means they can reflect on the rise in popularity of the Cuckfield event.
It is written into the constitution of the committee that all funds raised, after costs, go to young people in education. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for beneficiaries including Holy Trinity Primary School, Woodlands Meed (formerly Court Meadow and Newick House School), Kangaroos, Cuckfield Playgroup and the Cuckfield Museum.
The event now hosts more than 6,000 people at its beautiful Cuckfield Park location, courtesy of the Mayou family, and is one of the few local bonfire events to choreograph its fireworks to music.
While the procession no longer happens, the celebrations still begin with the burning an effigy of the great traitor, Guy Fawkes. In fact, several Guys, created by children of Holy Trinity Primary School are burned.
This year, visitors can expect the More FM roadshow to get things underway before the usual HUGE bonfire is lit. The sensational fireworks to music have been designed by PYRO 1, one of the UK’s leading special effects companies, and are sure to fill the sky with spectacular colours, bangs, fizzes and whistles in time to music.
A whole host of charity food and drink stalls combine to make the Cuckfield Bonfire and Fireworks celebration a wonderful evening for the whole family.