Remember, remember the Fifth of November… or whatever day your favourite Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires are held!
FYLDE COAST FIREWORKS AND BONFIRES
All of the details for this years events are to be found on the individual place-specific websites – here are the headlines and links:
2.11.18 – Fireworks Night at Fleetwood Town (Highbury Stadium)
With family entertainment, live music, mascot challenge and more plus a superb display by Phenomenal Fireworks.
3.11.18 – Bonfire & Fireworks at Kirkham & Wesham Cricket Club
A bonfire and fireworks display for all the family
4.11.18 – St Annes Cricket Club
Huge firework event to celebrate Bonfire Night at St Annes Cricket Club – plus funfair and more.
4.11.18 – Bonfire & Fireworks at Blackpool Cricket Club
Enjoy a great big bonfire event with an annual Bonfire & Firework display including fairground and refreshments.
Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires on 5 November
If you plan carefully you can enjoy Fylde Coast fireworks and bonfires on more than one night! Why don’t you make a weekend of it and go to a few events. Here are the ones that are actually on 5 November:
5.11.18 – Poulton Rotary Club
The 34th Annual Charity Bonfire and Fireworks Display at Cottam Hall Fields
5.11.18 – Lytham Round Table
Charity Fireworks Spectacular on 4 November that everyone is invited to come and enjoy!
5.11.18 – Fleetwood Firework Extravaganza
At Marine Hall Gardens. A safe, fun Fireworks Night for everyone to enjoy!
5.11.18 – Saint Aidan’s Fireworks Extravaganza
BIG fireworks night of family fun event at Saint Aidan’s Church of England High School.
Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires – Great Community Events!
We love where we live here at Visit Fylde Coast. One of the many things that make it special is the amazing sense of community spirit.
Most of these Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires are organised by dedicated teams of volunteers. They raise money throughout the year in order to bring you a great night out. The amount of work and organisation which goes into this kind of evening is not to be underestimated. The paperwork for any event is bad enough but add fireworks into the mix and, well, you can imagine….
So please go along, have a great night out, and make a donation to their fund. Without financial contributions and practical help events like this couldn’t happen.
Pets and Bonfire Night
Bonfire Night is a great event. Depending on what day the 5th November falls on, it can go on for several days! However, please don’t forget your pets when you’re having a great time.
Animals react in different ways – some couldn’t care less and others go mad at the least sound.
Here are some tips from Vets4Pets Cleveleys to help your pet to survive the stress of bonfire night this year.
PLEASE also check underneath bonfires for hedgehogs BEFORE lighting them.
Origins of Bonfire Night
We all know that Bonfire Night is about Guy Fawkes (below) and the Gunpowder Plot way back in 1604. As children we learn the rhyme, ‘Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.
Guy Fawkes, and a few friends, had plotted and planned to blow up the House of Lords at Westminster in London. But they were foiled in this dastardly deed on 4th of November. It’s believed that a letter was sent warning that this might happen, during a ceremony involving the King, James 1.
When the cellars of Westminster were searched, Guy Fawkes was found with the powder, waiting for the allotted time. He and his co-conspirators were rounded up and found guilty of Treason. They were tortured for a while and finally hung, drawn and quartered in January 1606. Contrary to popular belief, Guy Fawkes wasn’t the main ringleader in the plot – he was just the fool who had drawn the short straw and had to sit in the cellar.
What we don’t seem to hear much about when we speak of Bonfire Night, is why Guy Fawkes and his friends wanted to blow the Palace of Westminster up in the first place. Like many horrible events over the years – including to modern day times – it was to do with religion and people’s differing views.
At the time there was a lot of chaos. Catholicism was outlawed and Protestant power ruled. The gunpowder plot was to have been an attempt to assassinate King James 1, for his anti-catholic stance. Bonfire night didn’t start until 1605, when it was introduced as a celebration of King James’ survival. The effigy that was burnt then wasn’t Guy Fawkes, but the Pope as Head of the Catholic church.
The whole Bonfire Night thing in ancient times was about the preservation of the English throne and to some greater extent, the persecution of non-protestants.
Some of the celebrations were quite horrendous, like in 1677 when the effigy of the Pope was filled with live cats. Their screams were heard loud and clear as the heat of the fire scorched their fur.
It wasn’t until the late 18th century that the effigies were changed and became representations of Guy Fawkes. By the 20th century all the horror of history associated with Bonfire Night seemed to be forgotten and it became little more than another excuse to party.
As you get ready to go to a Bonfire and Fireworks party this November 5th, try to remember what it was all originally about and be thankful that we live in more tolerant times. Remember that there are still wars around the world, with people losing their lives in the name of religion.
On the Fylde Coast we have a strong commitment to all faiths, but must also remember that were it not for the Catholic Priests from Durham who moved here in the 12th century we might not have the community we have today. But that’s a different story!
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