The Lewes bonfire night is not for the faint hearted

20,000 went this year

On a wet Thursday night, an estimated crowd of 20,000 braved the rain to go to Lewes in East Sussex, Britain’s self-proclaimed bonfire capital. Last year, nearly twice as many people went.


Notorious for its controversy, the night commemorates both Guy Fawkes Night and the burning of 17 Protestant martyrs which happened in the Lewes’s High Street during Mary Tudor’s reign from 1555-57.

Effigies are usually burned, with gems from previous years including Vladimir Putin, Muammar Gaddafi and Kim Jong-un.

 Various bonfire societies celebrate the infamous date with their own annual processions through the main street, carrying torches and society banners, dressed in costume.  This year’s included traditional clothing carry, striped jumpers and even blackface. The annual night first began as a kind of pub crawl. Workers went from house to house asking residents for food and alcohol, and dressing in costume or painting their faces black was to make sure employers and landowners wouldn’t recognise them.

David Cameron on a golden throne with a pig’s head leaning on his thigh wearing nothing but Union Jack boxers was the highlight of the night. We all know what this was referring to, and it seems to be the trend of the year.

Jeremy Clarkson also made an appearence. He was shown wearing boxing gloves in reference to the infamous bust-up which got him fired from the BBC


Sepp Blatter sat with his middle finger up, surrounded by overflowing bags of cash alongside a Fifa trophy in front of “Thiefa” sign.

Lewes never disappoints. Make sure you go to the infamous bonfire night at least once before you graduate.