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The Sad Case of the Damaged Banner

June 2005

The photograph below is of one of the original banners of the famous Dinton Bonfire Society. The date on the left is 1890 and illegible on the right is 1913. There is a picture in the village achives of another, also dated 1890, but no trace of the actual banner remains. The importance of saving the surviving banner cannot therefore be over-emphasised but, as can be seen from the photograph, it is in a sad state of disrepair.

Mike Glover, Secretary of the Society, having been in contact with Southampton University (who have a textile preservation department) with a view to salvaging what is left, has discovered that the cost could be up to £5000.

The Society is therefore seeking grant aid to save this important relic. Mike can be contacted by email if a source of restoration costs can be found.

Before the First World War, and for a few years after, the Dinton Bonfire Boys' celebrations were a great event. The torchlight procession toured the village, led by the banner and Dinton's own brass band, along with two appointed clowns who were always much in evidence.

Dinton Bonfire Banner

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