Last chance for Heyshott bonfire spectacular

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THE tiny village of Heyshott has been punching well above its weight for more than 60 years, when it comes to bonfire night.

Thousands of people attend the spectacular annual event with its torchlight procession headed by a pipe band and spectacular fireworks display.

But the event comes with ever-increasing financial burdens and two years ago the bonfire committee held an emergency meeting with villagers to discuss charging instead of the current donation policy.

Now the bonfire night has reached crisis point, said spokesman Jane Constanduros.

“This is our last chance, if we do not raise enough funds we will not be able to continue in the future.”

She added: “Unlike previous years, due to the ever-increasing financial burdens involved in putting on the event, we have been forced to look at charging for entry.

“This is something we are trying to resist, however, we are asking for a suggested donation of £5 per adult, and children will be free.”

This year there is an all-new committee chaired by third-generation bonfire builder Laura Parry.

After 61 years, the event survives in its original form, with the procession from Hoyle Lane and a fireworks display at 8pm.

This year it takes place on Saturday, November 1, starting at 7pm.

The Unicorn Inn, although closed, will be offering drinks and roast pork baps. Hot dogs will also be for sale and there will be a Punch and Judy show.