FrancesO: You may like to find out more about the bonfire society in Lewes which continues to burn the Pope by clicking on my name.
Anyone who hasn't been to the traditional activities for Bonfire Night in Lewes would perhaps find it all very mystifying, but the town has particular historical links with Guy Fawkes and also with the problems of religious intolerance. Far too complex for me to explain simply, but the weblink explains much of it.
Nowadays, it is an extraordinary night out, and has a quite pagan feel to it. Needless to say, it is extremely well attended and anyone thinking of going should leave their car behind and make sure they are prepared for big crowds and a lot of standing around.
I seem to remember that Lewes has a large memorial on a hill to commemorate the martyrs under Mary. This was erected some time in the earl 20th century, which seems to me to suggest that the good people of Lewes have a very Long memory.
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