1st Pioneer Costume – Zulu


The Zulus are Lewes Borough Bonfire Society’s First Pioneers. They first appeared in 1948 with Mexicans but in 1949 Zulus became the only first pioneers. Over the years the head dresses have become bigger and brighter some reaching 9 feet tall. During the 1950’s Ted Over used to bring some young people dressed in grass skirts, beads and fuzzy black hair from Brighton to join the ranks of the Zulus. This unfortunately does not happen now. The outfits are all home made including the head dresses and beading, which takes many hours of hard work.