Bonfire Night is coming!
I love fireworks. They bring back great memories from when I was a kid. Sometimes we would go to the display organised by the local churches. I loved standing in the warmth of the bonfire chatting with my friends, drinking cans of lemonade shandy feeling very grown up & then staring up to see the sparkling lights in the sky.
Other times my aunts, uncles, cousins & my family would pile into my Grandparent’s house & everyone would bring a box of fireworks & some hot dogs to make a party of it. My Nan would watch through her bedroom window with my younger cousins who didn’t want to go outside & my Dad would be roped into setting off the rockets. I remember one year in the late 80’s when we were all shouting at him to come indoors & change because he was wearing highly flammable shell suit tracksuit bottoms.
This year Tris & I are going to have a double hit of fireworks. We are planning on attending the Blackheath Fireworks on 3rd November & then the Bodmin Fireworks with some of Tris’ friends when we visit Cornwall on 5th November.
My opinion of the best way to see fireworks has become that a proper organised display is the way to go. It costs less (some displays like the Blackheath one are even free!) & the pyrotechnics are far more impressive than buying a little box to set off in the back garden. As well as this the organised displays are often set to music & are much safer.
A number of my friends who have a good vantage point of local parks & gardens from their homes host gatherings of friends to watch the lights in the skies as an alternative to venturing far from home. This is a lovely idea too but could fall flat if you are unlucky enough to have the party on a night when none of your neighbours are lighting their fireworks!
However you decide to enjoy the festivities please be safe!