Bexhill fireworks to commemorate 100 years since end of First World War

Last year's fireworks display. Picture by JTP Photography SUS-170811-104846001
Last year's fireworks display. Picture by JTP Photography SUS-170811-104846001

Bexhill is gearing up to celebrate its annual fireworks display and Guy Fawkes festivities this Sunday (November 11).

As the event falls on Armistice Day, organisers from Shining Lights decided to make it a commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

There were fears the popular event, which is being held at Galley Hill, would be cancelled this year.

But the town at large, inlcuding Bexhill’s mayor, Abul Azad, rallied round Shining Lights to get the event up and running.

Sunday’s event will be raising money towards this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

Mike Matthews, managing director of Shining Lights, said: “We would like to thank the whole of Bexhill for supporting us. It’s been phenomenal and we believe Sunday’s event is going to be one of the best ever.

“It will be a tribute to all of the fallen in both world wars and our fireworks display will be a special commemoration marking Armistice Day and 100 years since the end of the First World War.

“People will walk away at the end and remember the tribute forever.”

This year’s festivities start at 4pm and will run until 8pm.

The fireworks display itself starts from 6.45pm.

Other attractions this Sunday include children’s fairground rides, plenty of food vendors, bouncy castles, face painting and live entertainment.

At last year’s event thousands of people enjoyed the fireworks extravaganza at Galley Hill.

All money raised on the night went towards providing Christmas lights for Bexhill town centre. Last year’s event saw around 8,000 visitors.

This year, the Christmas lights switch-on and market takes place on Friday, November 30.

Shining Lights has been responsible for organising Bexhill’s Christmas decorations every year since 2015.