Another of the "traditions" of Hastings Borough Bonfire Society  is the lighting of the East Hill beacon on the night of Hastings Bonfire. 


I think it has been lit for each of the bonfire nights since 1995.  The plaque on the wooden post supporting the fire basket reads "This beacon was lit by the Royal British Legion Hastings Branch & Womens Section  in commeration of the 50th Anniversary of VE Day 8th May 1995". the year that HBBS was formed and staged its first event in Hastings.   The top of the wooden post supporting the basket was burnt on the night of Trafalgar Day on Friday 21st October 2005 after being lit to celebrate Trafalgar Day causing the fire basket to be on the ground in the morning.   A replacement steel collar over the wooden post has proved effective to prevent ignition of the post since the new fitting was installed.


The current procedure adopted by HBBS on the night of Hastings bonfire is for the beacon to be lit  at 7pm and a group of Hastings Runners descend the steps with with lighted torches, where they are used to light the torches of the procession that is scheduled to start at 7.15pm. 


In 2012 the beacon on the East Hill  was lit by HBBS on 4th June to celebrate Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and on the night of Hastings Bonfire on 13th October 2012.


Bob Hart    (HBBS - Beacon)




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