Bonfire Night in Hastings
|photo by Guus Krol off Flickr|
But my favourite is the annual commemoration of the Battle of Hastings which was fought back in 1066. It’s celebrated every year in October with much gusto. I've been twice and it’s great to be among the many revelers and watch the mesmerising torch parade meander through the ancient streets after which the grandest firework show in the region concludes the evening. Or so they claim in Hastings. It’s quite an intriguing night out, some might say a bit rowdy, but it’s something I think you have to see once in your life.
|Photo by Dean Thorpe under Creative Commons licence|
The atmosphere in Hasting during this event is very buzzing. The parade kicks off after six runners run up Beacon Hill and light their torches at the summit. They bring down the fire to light all the other torches of the 1066 people that are in the parade. The parade mainly consists of members of the many bonfire societies from Hastings and other towns in the area. And of course they wear fancy dress for the occasion. There are pirates, witches, ladies of pleasure and I even spot a Henry VIII.
|Photo by Heijmans off flickr|
|Photo by Dean Thorpe under creative commons licence|