From our files: East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Bonfire Remembrance parade. Each year thousands of spectators flock to the village to watch the procession of blazing fire banners to the bonfire site. They also carry poppies - each one represents and remembers a villager lost in the two world wars. Picture by Jim Holden

East Hoathly Bonfire: Parking restrictions in force

There will be access and parking restrictions in and around East Hoathly tomorrow night (November 11) for the annual Bonfire Remembrance parades.

There are expected to be around 1,000 torch bearers, a firework display and a bonfire.

The advice from organisers is to leave your car at home.

Police warn that there will be road closures in place during the procession along with temporary speed restrictions on the A22. The measures were first used last year on safety grounds.

Towed away

Parking enforcement will be in place and cars parked in the no-waiting zone will be towed away.  On the A22, the tow-zone stretches from the northern boundary of Halland to Blackberry Farm in the south.

Tim Laker, Chairman of the East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society, said: “We welcome people to come along and experience the East Hoathly bonfire event.

“This year promises to be spectacular, with an incredible sculpture and fireworks display planned for the evening – by leaving the car at home, visitors can reduce any potential stress and focus on having fun.”

Royal Fusilier

This year’s event will feature a 30ft-high image of a local private from the Royal Fusiliers, who was killed on the first day of the Battle for Messines Ridge in 1917, is intended to honour the millions of ordinary foot soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1.

As with the previous 12 effigies, the angel was sculpted by East Hoathly artist Keith Pettit from waste timber destined for landfill.

Twenty bonfire societies are expected to join the parade with marching bands along London Road, High Street and South Street.

A charity box collection will take place on the night, with proceeds donated to East Hoathly Village Church.

Two minutes’ silence

The carnival takes two hours to snake through the village. The torch-bearing procession will form at 7pm before a two minutes’ silence at 8pm, and the final grand procession will leave the Foresters Arms for the War Memorial Playing Fields at 9pm after which the bonfire will be lit and the fireworks begin at 9.40pm.

Blue Badge holders are advised to arrive early and speak to stewards about disabled access. Those walking to the event are advised to consider their safety when walking home in the dark and come prepared with torches.

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