Years ago a group of children would build a guy and then take him to sit outside the local shop asking for “a penny for the guy Mr” in the evening all the families would gather round the rec to watch, bringing home-made toffee apples. There would be lots of oooooo and aaarrrrrs as the fireworks made their magic in the sky.
What a lovely thought but now it is just a memory for many as you could not let your kids out to knock on doors asking for things to build their guy, you could not let them sit outside shops on their own. I am guessing that now hardly any of them would know what a guy was let alone how to build one.
Times change – we now have fireworks for about a week and for any other occasion people can think of, they are let off with not a thought for anyone else or animals. This week I have seen news about a horse jumping over the fence because a firework went off very early evening and landed in his field, the horse landed on a car and is now in vet hospital, the owner is distraught and praying he will be ok. Dogs are escaping gardens so scared and just running, cats are hiding. We all know to bring our animals inside but you do not expect it all to start so early in the evening or a week either side of November 5th. They are so loud that I am sure it would be more enjoyable if quieter so you can just watch the spectacular colour show, many children are so scared they do not even want to go outside.
Where is the enjoyment in all that?
What I think – Firework displays should only be arranged ones with a permit, no fireworks should be sold to the general public, there needs to be a bigger cordon keeping people further away from the fireworks. I have seen a firework first hand come back down into the crowd and seriously hurt many people. With all the fuss about health and safety now a days I cannot understand why they are still allowed, they have set ridiculous rules for some things but then nothing for fireworks going off in streets, gardens or just about anywhere at anytime during the year!
Feel free to comment, rant over, I think, oh no! There will be more tonight as it is actually Guy Fawkes night!