2023 Procession order and information for visiting societies
This draft information is provisional and under change dduring the w/c 18/9/2023
We are not sure all the invited societies are coming yet. Please do!
If you have any problems with email communications from us this year then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HBBS HQ / Bar
Our headquarters is the White Rock Hotel and there will be a temporary bar area set up inside which is available to all societies and groups. Various loos are available there.
· Only members of this Society or members of other recognised societies officially invited, in writing by the Society, may walk with us. All members must be in one of the Society’s official recognised costumes. If you feel your society may have missed a communication from HBBS then please email email@example.com and we can check/apologise! We seem to have some comms problems this year.
Your society’s marshals need to be clearly identified e.g. by a fluorescent armband, or badge (available from our HQ)
Torches (main procession)
Ours are traditional hessian torches and, if cared for, will last for the duration of the procession. If the flame begins to die out just tap on the road to open up the hessian and it should relight. Please do not swing them about or drop them near or under vehicles or spectators.
Child members and torches
Children who are members of our (or your) society may now carry torches from the age of 10 and upwards at the discretion of their parents. Parents need to make an assessment of their child / children’s physical and mental capacity to carry a torch in a responsible and safe manner and take responsibility for supervising them in any torch carrying they allow.
The designated adult member must accompany the junior at all times.
The adult member is totally responsible for the well-being and behaviour of the child/children.
The adult member may be appropriately disciplined if the child behaves in a manner that could be dangerous or bring the Society into disrepute.
Please select an appropriate torch for your child (not too heavy)
Your child should be in the middle rank with one or more parent flanked to one or both sides
The procession is quite long, if the torch is becoming too heavy please take the torch to give your child a rest
Non-members of your society may not accompany juniors/adults processing.
Our society allows juniors over the age of 10 to carry lighted torches. Other societies may have different rules that also need to be followed. In any case, the responsible parent adult member needs to remain responsible for the conduct of their juniors and personally decide if they are able to carry a torch, and we advise to choose a lightweight torch for them.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure their child’s safety, and the safety of those around them
Torches are lit by HBBS Assembly Crew when in Robertson Street (not as in recent years at the approach to the entrance to Robertson Street but a little later this year)
Banners will be re-torched at the Stade, west of Eat@the stade café, Old Town.
Having processed up All Saints Street and down the High Street, the procession will pass round Winkle Island, so re-torching at the Stade will be convenient.
• The discharge of fireworks in a public place is a criminal offence.
Parachute flares are banned from the event. In date Category 1 flares are permitted. Please use responsibly and safely.
Users must be in the middle row of 3.
Spent cartridges must be dropped into fire carts or held until safe (cool) to drop on the roadside.
Misfires: misfires that are live and dropped on the floor, put your foot on the handle part of the flare until extinguished, then treat as a spent cartridge
Flares that do not activate, keep until you reach a water tub or the bonfire
Pushchairs or disability
Pushchairs are permitted, at parental discretion so long as they are well away from the fire carts and cracker points. Please keep young children away from any burning torches, sparks smokes and ensure they have safety protection. Pushchairs cannot be taken onto the beach but must stay on the paved area.
Wheelchairs, members with limited mobility should assess the risk to themselves before joining the procession. There is a designated area which is wheelchair accessible near Pelham Place toilets.
Bands, Drummers and Dancers
• Nobody is to enter the fire site at any time without the express permission of the Captain of the Fire Site [Liz].
Trained first aiders (St John Ambulance) will be in attendance along with marshals and members of the emergency services who should be made aware if you require medical attention.
The Tri-arg medical centre is located at the west end of George Street.
The emergency services are there to help us put on a safe and well organised event as well as to protect us and members of the public. The directions of the emergency services must be followed, even if this deviates from our original plans. It is the job of the officers of the Society to liaise with all the emergency services and make any decisions that need to be made. Please comply with these decisions/directions.
Entry onto beach fire-site
Once at the bonfire the official lighting ceremony and The Bonfire Chant / Prayers come first. Wait for these to take place before throwing your torch on to the bonfire.
We hope you enjoy our event and have a great bonfire season.
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Safety - bonfire, ambulance/first aid/exits
Our bonfire will be built from softwood and as such will get very hot especially if there is a sea breeze.
St. John Ambulance first aid point will be at the western end of George Street.
No glass is allowed on the fire-site or in the procession.
There will be marked exit routes from the fire-site to use; safely avoiding the firework area and members of the public. See enclosed fire-site plan.
This year the procession route does not light up torches until a little later in Robertson Street, and we loop round Winkle Island for a re-torching like we did last year.