Smugglers are the visual identity of bonfire societies in their coloured striped guernseys, and ours are red and black – inspired by our very supportive town football team, The Rooks.
Historically, the bonfire boys and belles of old would wear a striped guernsey, white trousers, black boots, and a mask of charcoal blacked around their eyes. They were trying to avoid identification by the authorities that were attempting to stop the Lewes celebrations on the 5th. As if!?!?!
- Red and black knitted guernsey. Absolutely no cotton tops, thin-striped jumpers or rugby shirts! Guernseys are often for sale via our SBS Facebook group or you can make them using a handy and simple pattern. Download the pattern here (pdf). Alternatively, you can have one made for you by contacting Eileen Pelham 01273 478056.
- White trousers
- Black boots
- Red and white neckerchief
- Red cap or beanie hat, black if you are an official.
Smugglers’ accessories can include a thick black leather belt, black leather pouches or small satchels, a black frock type coat or black jacket if it’s really cold.
If you need more information or have a question about the uniform, please email firstname.lastname@example.org