Firework Night


Remember Remember the 5th of November

Yes it will soon that time of year again, although as my daughter would tell me Halloween comes first.

However in my opinion Halloween is an import from America whereas Bonfire night is a uniquely British event.
It commemorates the successful foiling of a plot to blow up King James I and Parliament by Catholic subversives in 1605. The fireworks are a reminder of the gunpowder that was placed by the plotters under the Houses of Parliament.

In 21st century Britain, Bonfire Night is usually celebrated with a trip to an organised bonfire and firework display, with paid admission and controlled access.

Not so in my day, Bonfire night was a family celebration. Weeks were spent collecting wood for the bonfire.
Fireworks were on sale a couple of weeks before.  Selection boxes, rockets etc were available as were bangers and jumping jacks. Bangers were small tubes of gunpowder that after lighting, were thrown on the ground to explode with a loud bang, not unlike a miniature stick of dynamite! These are now banned from sale in the UK, as are Jumping Jacks, another Bonfire Night favourite. Once lit, Jumping Jacks lived up to their name by jumping about erratically. Far too much temptation for naughty boys to frighten unsuspecting girls!

Children made Guy’s (a stuffed effigy of Guy Fawkes) to burn on the fire, they then carried them (often in wheelbarrows) around the neighbourhood calling “Penny for the Guy “and  the money raised was used to buy fireworks (although since 2004 only over 18’s can purchase fireworks).

Neighbours, friends and family used to bring round food to share at the bonfire party. Baked potatoes and toffee apples being very popular .

Nowadays, stricter rules on the sale of fireworks and safety campaigns have persuaded many families that it’s safer to leave it to the experts and attend an organised display – much to the relief of fire and ambulance crews!

Dorset has several firework displays including “ Bonfire on the Beach” at West Bay on 28th October which is a free event . So why not make the most of our last week of the season and book your caravan break dorset at Gorselands