We went to a bonfire and firework display on Saturday, even though bonfire night is actually tonight. My sister Lindsey and her husband Andrew joined us, and we went to the local display at Poynton Pool as we have done every year since we moved to Poynton.
We met in the local civic centre, with a hundred or so other people, as it got dark. At 6pm a local brass band struck up and we all followed them in procession to the local park. There were a few fairground rides set up in the park, people selling illuminated toys like lightsabers and flashing deely boppers. Fortunately our kids are well trained and only whined that they wanted these things once or twice. There were also a few stalls selling hot dogs, chips, donuts etc. Many more people turned up and there were several hundred there at least when the bonfire was lit at 6.30pm. We stood and watched it burn for a while, and bought some bags of donuts to share.
At 7pm the firework display began, and we all enjoyed these. I'd much rather pay £5 go to an organised display and watch hundreds of pounds worth of fireworks go off in fairly quick succession, rather than go to a backyard display and watch twenty or thirty pounds worth of fireworks go off one at a time. The Poynton bonfire is organised by the local Round Table and the profits go to local charities, so that's nice, too.
After the display Lindsey and Andrew went home, and we all went and got fish and chips from the chip shop. This is also part of our bonfire night tradition.
I love it all very much. It's exciting. Brass bands are always exciting. Big fires are exciting. Fireworks are exciting, too. I love meeting up with friends. I love being out in a large group of people after dark. I love the smell, the noises, the fish and chips at the end, all of it.
If you're going to a bonfire tonight, have fun and stay safe.