Each blazing banner carried through East Hoathly last night represented, and commemorated, a villager lost in the two world wars.

World War 1 soldier’s face lights up at East Hoathly’s Bonfire for Remembrance

Thousands of people watched a procession of blazing fire banners being carried through East Hoathly last night as the village held its Bonfire for Remembrance parade.

Poppies were carried with each one representing and commemorating a villager lost in the two world wars and these pictures, capturing the scene were taken by Jim Holden.

This year’s bonfire, built by Keith Pettit, with the help of volunteers, showed the face of his great grandfather Reuben Burgess a villager who fought in World War 1.

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

The Bonfire of Remembrance at East Hoathly showing the face of Reuben Burgess, great grandfather of the bonfire’s creator.

The fire was lit by Reuben’s great great grandson Wilf Harrison Pettit and grandson Harold Pettit. The pair carried his name and a burning poppy to the fire site.

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Wilf Harrison Pettit carries the name of his great great grandfather, Reuben Burgess, through East Hoathly on the way to the Bonfire of Remembrance which showed Reuben’s face.

Keith Pettit is pictured in front of East Hoathly war memorial during a one minute silence.

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Keith Pettit pictured during a one-minute silence at East Hoathly war memorial. He built a bonfire, with the help of volunteers, depicting the face of his great grandfather Reuben Burgess.

More of Jim Holden’s pictures can be seen below.

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

Bonfire of remembrance, East Hoathly, East Sussex. 11/11/2017

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