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Brockham Bonfire – Saturday November 3rd 2012
Brockham Bonfire Celebrations delivered what it said on the label again this year. Stunning fireworks, fancy dress and Olympic and Jubilee themed night of spontaneous celebration, an Olympic Torch carrier and of course a nearly perfectly symmetrical bonfire. We introduced Derek Chitty to the role as Pig Auctioneer, a job he undertook with initial nervousness, energy and enthusiasm.
The weather did what it could to dampen and hamper proceedings both during building and the day beforehand and even included a hail storm the day before. Our car parking plans had to remain ‘liquid’ until bonfire morning when the decision was taken to abandon some of the fields.
On Bonfire Day the Village Hall was filled with youngsters in Fancy Dress. The evenings proceedings continued apace, with a refurbished ‘kiddie cart’ carrying the children of committee members, the traditional torchlight parade, the ceremonial fixing of the Guy to the Fire, a circle of perfectly burning torches, a guest ‘first torch’ from Moira Swan and hearty cheers from the crowd. Then smoke, little warmth and a few flashes of flame as the perfect bonfire refused to burn. Many of our 50 plus bonfire night residents have commented that this was a ‘first’. No surprising really as the bonfire build was mainly in the wet. If it wasn’t built in the wet the tree loppings were. We then say ‘fantastic fireworks’ under a clear sky with no bonfire smoke obscuring the spectacle.
It was a great evening, with a slightly smaller crowd than we have seen in the last few years but a very manageable, generous and enthusiastic crowd, who sang, waved red, white and blue lights and cheered and clapped. Our collection tin target is down slightly on last year but we hope to be donating over twenty thousand pounds to local societies, charities and worthy causes. The catering stalls cooked magnificently generating around £24,000. This, along with the car park income of a surprisingly good £10,000, despite the wet and mud, will ensure we can buy fireworks next year.
Our very sincere thanks to everyone who gives a little or a lot to make the event so safe, popular and truly unique.
The date for next year: Saturday November 2nd 2013.
With Best Wishes from ‘The Bonfire Boys and Girls’
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