Remember remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder,

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  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  2. dbf

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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The one I saw was a Giant George Bush with a little Tony Blair lapdog.
     
  4. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    Growing up at the top of the Old Kent road, between Peckham and Deptford, and a lot of bomb sites, bombfire night was always an occasion to look forward too, big fires were got ready on the bomb sites, and the only way to generate firework money was "Penny for the Guy" the street corners were awash with Guys tied onto trolleys or in prams, it was soon learnt the better the guy the better the money, Never saw it as begging or in fact asking for money you seemed to think you had earnt it,--------- 60 years ago a different world-------- OH AND NOT SO MANY BEGGARS ON THE STREETS THEN
     

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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Quiet Fireworks

    Softly-softly for serene celebrations. Fireworks specially chosen for those who don't like their fireworks noisy, or whose situation and consideration for others puts a limit on the decibels.

    whatever next fireless fires
     
  7. NickFenton

    NickFenton Well-Known Member

    I think there are a few Northern Ex-mining towns that still burn a maggie 'Guy' each year.
     
  8. NickFenton

    NickFenton Well-Known Member

    Spark-less sparklers? They are called glow sticks
     
  9. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  12. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Mike, I read this and had to work out what 'POs' were...My best guess was "Persistent Offenders"....
     
  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Rich I read as pyrotechnic officials
     
  14. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Lewes can boast no fewer than seven Bonfire Societies, six of which hold their celebrations on the same night (5th November, or when the Fifth is on a Sunday, 4th November). The remaining society, Nevill Juvenile, holds its night on a Saturday a couple of weeks before the Fifth.

    Each Society has something different to offer. Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society, (green and white hopps) for instance, is specifically for children. South Street (brown and white hoops) used to be a juvenile society too, but has mutated into an adult one. Waterloo (red and white hoops), while an adult society, is perhaps more family-oriented than some others, while the Cliffe (black and white hooped tops), Commercial Square (black and yellow hoops) Southover (red and black hoops) and Lewes Borough (navy and white hoops) societies cling proudly to their respective ancient traditions. All seem to favour baggy-ish white trousers.

    Many Bonfire Societies have their own individual dress codes, and often supporters have yet another form of dress. Ninfield, for example, have black and white face paint, often in skull form, whilst supporters dress as Puritans (just like me, pure!).

    Rich, you're being very cheeky and the P.O.'s at Lewes Goal will soon have you in cuffs! Warder you mean, cheeky?

    There's a whole world of hidden histories to be found delving into Bonfire Societies! Why not join YOUR local one and find out more?
     
  15. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Kevin, I would join if I were local but throwing the Pope in a river wouldn't make me popular here in Belgium. I did manage to make it to Staplecross a couple of weekends back. I enjoyed a pint of Harvey's but was disappointed now that the drop-downs have been banned. All rather quiet really.
     
  16. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Rich, sorry, that was meant as a general question, not to you specifically!
    I was encouraging forum members in the title counties, not those who have moved further afield!
    Ah! drop downs - now they are discharged safely in wheeled oil drums and the like, for crowd safety.
    Lewes had several unfortunate incidents over the years (as presumably did the Battel Bonfire Boyes with their Battle "rousers" which were bird scarers, making a god almighty racket when they went off!
     
  17. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Sorry, Guys!!!!

    PO = Prison Officer as I am sure you worked out.

    When we (my mate and I) did a private firework show a few years ago we had some 'live' left over from the Millennium display on the Thames, mainly 4 and 5" shells so it was a good show. We started with a maroon (RNLI use them to notify lifeboat crews if they have a 'shout'). When my ears had recovered after a few seconds we could hear car alarms going off for miles round.
    And that was before we hand fired and reloaded the shells from cardboard mortar tubes. We don't use steel tubes in case of a misfire - cardboard is a bit more forgiving than steel. There is something very satisfying about the thump of the shell launching that you can feel in your chest.
     
  18. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    I am sorry to hear that Guy Fawkes has gone down of recent years and Halloween has gained popularity in the UK and Oz. I like nationally peculiar holidays, and I hate to see our own supplanting them. I attended a Guy Fawkes' party in Hampstead about 15 years ago and had a great time.

    Also, Gunpowder Plot SHOULD ne'er be forgot. As the French say "La republique et tourjours en danger," and seldom more than now what with Islamist murders and bomb attacks etc. We've got them and so do you. Remember, remember the Fifth of November.
     
  19. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Don't be too hard on yourself, TTH. Halloween has simply filled an existing vacuum.

    We used to use the guys to collect funds for buying fireworks but the authorities knocked that one on the head as long ago as the 1970s (I think) when they banned first under 16s and then under 18s from buying fireworks (which used to be displayed oh-so-enticingly under the glass-topped counter of the village toyshop).

    https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

    They banned first 'jumping jacks' (Brilliant !) and then bangers...It's even illegal to have sparklers on the street now, FFS. Quite frankly the kill-joys saw the festival off without any outside help and the old British makes like Brocks, Standard and Paynes with their reasonable predictable devices gave way to Chinese explosives that showed no evidence of a quality control system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks_law_in_the_United_Kingdom

    The powers-that-be are also uncomfortable with people crowding round bonfires so have done all they can to encourage only public displays. The trouble is that standing behind a rope fifty yards from the warmth soon looses its appeal.

    We have to be protected from ourselves.

    Rich (who once set a rocket off in the hearth and then ran outside to watch it exit the chimney....it didn't )
     
  20. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Ah ha
    Chinese explosives or known locally as fireworks

    Just make sure you wear sturdy gloves and safety glasses

    And keep them away from the unleaded until required



    Don't forget the aeroplanes they were great light blue touch paper and run ha ha

    Light up the sky with standard fireworks
     

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