Thousands of local residents poured out onto the beach to watch fireworks detonate over the bonfire. Hastings Borough Bonfire Society, who are responsible for arranging the event, have hailed the event as their most successful yet.
The event began at the White Rock hotel, where a procession took place throughout the town, before finishing at Pelham Place beach where the fire was lit.
Residents described the event as “a fantastic display” and “quintessentially Hastings”. One spectator said: “Hastings is always at its best on days like today where the whole town floods out to just enjoy ourselves. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it.”
Over fifty societies and drumming groups joined in the procession, and thousands of people lined the streets to watch it pass through Robertson Terrace and the High Street.
The bonfire was held on ‘Hastings Day’ – the anniversary of the famous battle which takes its name from the town. A week of events have taken place leading up to the event, including a classic car show, guided walks, and a poetry competition.
HBBS secretary Roy Wood said “We are expecting our biggest ever procession with up to 50 societies and drumming groups invited.
“The society is run entirely by volunteers who work tirelessly year-round to fundraise and put on the spectacular event….Please show your support for the event to help us to continue in future years and support local charities.”
The HBBS has already begun planning for next year’s event.