Damp squib

Did anyone go to Bonfire Night celebrations last night?

In my village,  they’ve been doing a massive bonfire, preceded by a procession of decorated floats, for years, ever since since Guy Fawkes and his cronies were hung, drawn and quartered and told very firmly not to think about blowing Parliament up again.

It’s great and it always draws hundreds and hundreds of people. I’m lucky because I live in the middle of the village, so I’ve always been able to watch them from my front room. But this year, my friend and I bumped into a friend of hers in the afternoon, who said she was doing Grease in the parade and that all her Pink Ladies had been dropping like flies. I think you can guess what happened.

You can tell that’s my own blonde hair and not a wig because if it were a wig, you’d be able to see my own hair straggling round my neck. Which, of course, you can’t. You also can’t tell that I scrambled up on to the float on one knee and managed to get crap all over my trousers. It doesn’t show.

There were some amazing floats, but the only thing about being on one is, you don’t see them. We only had a quick chance as we passed each other at the end of the road (hence rubbish blurry pictures).

Check out the Stig! And see Uma Thurman, in the yellow, below? That’s Michael the postman. Apparently he was slightly uncomfortable.

It was great being on the float. Slightly embarrassing because we were boogieing away to Grease music in front of a street PACKED with people, many of which we knew, but I was safe in the knowledge that the wig and pink shades I had on made me unrecognisable 🙂

I’m a bit meh about fireworks themselves, so I went back to my friend’s while her husband and sister took the children on to the park. Much warmer, it had been pouring all day and was still drizzling, and you don’t get proper cups of tea at fireworks displays 🙂

When I was little, of course, I loved them. My mum would get a box of Standard fireworks and we’d wait for my dad to come home (it felt like hours!) and light them and a bonfire. It was always great and, as my dad would always say afterwards: “Next thing’s Christmas!”

Did you go to a display?

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38 Responses to Damp squib

  1. movesnmunchies says:

    WOW! what a celebration!! i didnt go to anything but saw fireworks from our neighbors!

  2. Whoa, that looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Alexandra says:

    Dang that looks like a blast! I wish we had something like that! 🙂

    • This is a stupid thing to say but of course we’re the only country that had Guy Fawkes! I suppose Halloween was never that big over here – although now it’s getting bigger so we get both 🙂

  4. ~Jessica~ says:

    The neighbours go crazy with their firework displays, so I just parked myself in the back garden and watched their bonfire night celebrations! I like fireworks, but do tire of them quite quickly and tend to give up once I get a crick in the neck…

    Looks like you had so much fun! I think you look amazing in your costume 😀


    • Thank you! I just hope no one did recognise me with the dance moves I was throwing 🙂
      And that sounds a great way of watching fireworks although you’re right; that neck-cricking is definitely the drawback – but at least when you’ve had enough, you can just go inside straight away! Definitely the best way of doing it xx

  5. That looks like so much fun! I’ll take every excuse I can to go see fireworks 🙂

  6. That sounds like such a fun tradition!

  7. That looks fab! I had a few people over for sausages and broth then we watched them from a hill near my house instead of paying the £3 each to go into the ‘official’ display – much more fun and a better view in my opinion!

  8. Maria says:

    Wow that looks so much fun! We often do go to the local display, but this year we were away so went to the cinema instead!
    Nothing tops the Disney fireworks though!

  9. Errign says:

    So much fun 🙂

    We don’t have any fun celebrations like that during the fall and winter months!

  10. Hannah says:

    I, too, find fireworks rather boring unless you’re setting them off yourself. Also, cities tend to spend nauseating amounts of money on them! I’m much more supportive of last minute Grease action 😛

  11. How fun! That sounds like a fun celebration!

  12. Wow that looks like so much fun ! I was at a wedding but saw lots of fireworks on the way home courtesy of others.

  13. Woo what a great celebration! We only have fantastic events like this in the warmer months

  14. What a fun celebration 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. ceciliag says:

    lots of fun! love the pinks! c

  16. sophia says:

    Boogeying to Grease music sounds awesome. 😀

  17. Haha that looks soooo fun 😀 ! x

  18. That’s brilliant! We have floats at our carnival a couple of weeks before bonfire night…

  19. Bonfire Night?? That just sounds like all sorts of fun based on the name alone. I like night. I like fire. I’m all in. And I used to always march in band in parades, which was fun, but like you say, then you don’t get to watch the parade itself! Still looks like a blast 🙂

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