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Cliffe Bonfire Society

Founded: 1853

 Cliffe Bonfire Society's Vikings 1992   Photo: Pete Varnham
Cliffe Bonfire Society's Vikings carrying blazing crosses commemorating the 17 Lewes Martyrs

Motto: "Nulli Secundus"
Headquarters: The Dorset
E-mail: cbs@bonco.org.uk
Official web site: www.cliffebonfire.com
Pioneer front: Vikings
Second pioneer front: French Revolution

Smuggler colours: Black and white Guernsey, red cap  Cliffe's smuggler colours
Area of town represented: The Cliffe and Malling
Firesite location: Ham Lane (access via Pinwell Lane).  Please note that admission is by ticket only; these are on sale every Saturday in October in the Pedestrian Precinct or during October from Cliffe Bookshop, the Dorset Arms, the Lewes Arms and the Gardeners Arms.
What makes us different from the others: Tradition is very important to the Cliffe.  In 2003 we celebrated our 150th anniversary and, for that year only, declared our First Pioneer costume to be the ancient smugglers rather than our famous vikings.

 Cliffe Bonfire Society's Cavaliers (1986)   Photo: Pete Varnham   Cliffe Bonfire Society's Smugglers 2000   Photo: Pete Varnham
Cliffe Bonfire Society's Cavaliers Cliffe Bonfire Society's Smugglers

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