100 year since the armistice – remembrance at East Hoathly. Photo: Jim Holden1

East Hoathly: Bonfire Remembrance

East Hoathly continued its long-standing tradition of remembering its war dead at the annual Bonfire commemorations on Saturday (November 10).

The website East Hoathly and Halland.co.uk states: At the end of hostilities in 1918 the village came together in an impromptu party on the corner in the centre of the village.

A bonfire was built using the butcher’s firewood intended for the next day in the slaughterhouse, and a fancy dress competition was held in the back of the Kings Head pub.

To this day, the weekend of Remembrance sees East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society carry blazing fire-banners and torches with visiting societies through the village in a series of processions.

A two minute silence and short service of remembrance on the village corner precede the carrying of 34 individual poppies, one for each villager lost in the two world wars, to the bonfire sculpture where a fireworks display marks the end of evening.

Thank you to Jim Holden for providing us with the photographs of last night’s event.

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The rain comes down but the procession goes on at East Hoathly. Photo: Jim Holden

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In memory at East Hoathly –Photo: Jim Holden

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We will remember: 100 years ago World War 1 ended. Photo: Jim Holden

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