BEDN | FireworksThursday, November 05, 2015
I've talked about my first ever Bonfire Night on the blog before, so this time around I'm going to tell you what we do each year. It's not always on fireworks night, but on a Saturday near the date we host 'An Evening of Pyro'.
It's a tradition that we took over when, after 15 years, Andy's friend's parents moved house and a new venue had to be found.
It basically involves a group of friends, a mountain of fireworks and a bonfire, followed by chilli and rice, soup, and a cake of some description.
I have mixed feelings about private firework displays to be honest, I always feel that there is too much risk involved especially in built up areas, but Andy and his friends have been doing this for 17 years now and so far it's always been without incident.
We find a field well out of the way for the fireworks (and there are many) with a small bonfire for warmth, and then we head back to the house for food. We light a second bonfire and this year I'm adding marshmallows to the mix. I always feel a bonfire without marshmallows is a wasted opportunity.
More than anything this is about upholding a long standing tradition. This is the only time we see some of the people who attend over the course of the year, and we greet each other as if we saw each other only yesterday. For me this is the mark of true friendship.
I sometimes wonder how many years we'll keep it up, I hope for many to come, each year adding new faces in the form of girlfriends that turn into wives and, who knows, maybe a few years from now we'll see the first of the next generation of pyros...?
Day 5 of Blogging Every Day In November with Rosalilium