Bonfire in Rye

By Jimper

Rye is famous for its bonfires on November 5th and our family have always been involved in the society. The faggots for the huge fire had to be got from the field where they had been used for the jumps at the local point-to-point and taken to the fire site on the salts at Rye, this was a job us young lads loved to do and dads lorry was kept busy Then the older boys and men would arrange them into a wonderful shape as a fire.

Rye Fawkes 1967, Hugh Manning
Rye Fawkes 1967, Hugh Manning
@Fire@ Joe Brown
@Fire@ Joe Brown

The fire in Rye is always lit by a well-known celebrity from films or TV, music etc. The guest is paraded through the town in a sedan chair on the shoulders of the fire brigade, to a procession of flaming torches onto the town’s salts to light the fire. Continue reading Bonfire in Rye

Bonfire Extravaganza

They came in their thousands to town for one of the best Rye Fawkes Celebrations ever. Flaming torches lit the streets and a burning boat, the emblem of the Rye Bonfire Society, was dragged around the town as has happened for years immemorial. Continue reading Bonfire Extravaganza

Celebrating 700 Years of Rye Mayoral History

Celebrations that Did Not Happen in 1889 and Those That Did in 1989

Early in the 1890’s the names of all known Mayors of Rye were painted on the wall panels of the Town Hall Chamber.

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Town Crier October 2001

Connie’s Great Cover Picture

What a great cover picture Rye artist Connie Lindqvist has provided for the October cover. Continue reading Town Crier October 2001