Rye Fawkes

Since 2009, the right to be Rye Fawkes and light the bonfire has been sold to the highest bidder to raise funds at the society’s annual Auction of Promises. Before then a wide range of celebrities or local dignitaries were invited to sit in the chair.

1946John WinterFounder Member
1947Peter CheneyAuthor
1948J MaynardFirst Hon Life President
1949Ald H O Schofield MCMayor of Rye
1950Cllr R A PrebbleMayor of Rye
1951Joseph HannanMayor of Rye New York
1952Noel Whitcomb'Under the Counter' column, Daily Mirror
1953Richard GreeneFilms, Stage & Radio
1954Judy CliftonChosen at 7pm on the night!
1955B Godman Irvine MPMP for Rye
1956Norman Fawkes BEMDirect descendant of Guy
1957Gerald CampionTV's Billy Bunter
1958Garry MarshFilm, Stage & TV, Author
1959Alfred HornerMayor of Rye
1960Sir John Furguson CBE DLFormer Chief Constable of Kent
1961Richard HearneMr Pastry on TV
1962Gen F de VialConsul General of France
1963Alfie BassPlayed 'Bootsie'
1964Desmond CarringtonTV & Stage
1965Pamela DuncanSister Doughty of Emergency Ward 10
1966Pik-Sen-LimNurse Kwei of of Emergency Ward 10
1967Hugh ManningMr Hunter in Mrs Thursday TV series
1968Geoffrey ChaterTV Actor
1969William HartnellFilm & TV
1970John AnthonyTV newsreader
1972Bob ToddIn For A Penny Actor
1973Rosamund GrandRye Carnival Queen
1978Miss Rye
1979Mrs J YatesLocal councillor
1982Tessa CollinsMiss Rye
1983Christopher Cazenove
1984Jo KirkhamFormer Mayor of Rye
1994Spike Milligan
1995Rod Hull and EmuRye Fawkes 1995
1996Phillipa Forrester
1997Leif StarkeyPupil at Freda Graham
1998Chris Difford
1999Vic Reeves
2000John RyanCaptain Pugwash
2001Michael FosterLocal MP
2002Kaddy Lee PrestonBBC weather presenter
2003Arthur Brown
2004David Van DayBucks Fizz
2005Jessica NeameLady Mayoress of Rye dressed as Dickie Bird
2006Councillor Wendy MiersChair of Rother District Council
2007John RadfordBroadcaster and wine expert
2008Sam SousterMayor of Rye
2009Alex Blincow
2010Alicia Wicking
2011Priscilla RyanDressed as Captain Pugwash
2012John Izod
2013Kate Head
2014Jimper Sutton
2015Jim Hollands
2016Prince Rostislav R Romanov III
2017Caroline Snowden
2018Bob BoothRye Fawkes 2018

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