Crowdfunding campaign for Burning the Clocks begins

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)
The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

It’s an annual tradition marking the winter solstice, which sees thousands parade through the city’s streets with handmade lanterns.

Burning the Clocks returns on Thursday, December 21, and organiser Same Sky has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the costs of the popular Brighton event.

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

The campaign aims to raise £5,000 for the event, and offers rewards to donors such as personalised lanterns, VIP tickets and the privileged role of lighting the bonfire at the end of the Burning the Clocks parade on the beach.

ARKA Original Funerals will again support Burning the Clocks with a donation and 25 ‘In Memory’ lantern packages for those who have lost a loved one during the year. These packages, each worth £100, are made up of a personalised lantern, two places at the parade, and the reading of the chosen name at the bonfire.

Local restaurant The Chilli Pickle is also sponsoring the event and adding a donation of £1 to every table bill from November 1 until December 21, which will go towards the crowdfunding target.

For the fifth consecutive year, prints by local artist Graham Carter will be on sale from the crowdfunding page.

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

John Varah, Same Sky artistic director, said: “This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve crowdfunded to keep Burning the Clocks alive, and we’re sure that it will again be a massive success. Last year we exceeded our target by over £2,500, meaning elements of the event were secured early.

“Burning the Clocks is an iconic Brighton event, and we couldn’t keep it going without the generosity of our sponsors and the city’s residents.”

Brighton residents can purchase lantern packs to take part in the parade, which include lantern making materials and wristbands for four people to take part. The packs will be available from the Brighton Pavilion, HISBE supermarket in York Place, the Wood Store at Preston Barracks, Lewes Road and Book Nook in Hove.

For more information about Burning the Clocks, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/burning-the-clocks-2017

Spectators at The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

Spectators at The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)

The Burning the Clocks parade (Photograph: Ray Gibson)