The best bonfire and firework displays we went to were at Ansells Sports and Social club. The bonfire was massive and we never felt the cold no matter how far away from it you were.
Thanks John I never knew the name of the farmer that is so interesting. I loved playing in his fields. I am so glad the negative has bought so many memories flooding back. I remember those bonfires with such pride as my big brothers built it!Yes Wend your right about the council workers dropping off their branches ect. But also the field we had the bonfire in belonged to farmer Juxon (All his land is now built on) and he and the farm workers would also put hedge cutting on to the pile.
I should think it was dangerous enough working on fireworks in Sparkbrook without having them in front of an open fireHI ALL
This brings back happy memories. At the end of 40s or maybe the early 50s,its a long time ago,my cousin worked at Wilders fireworks in Greet.
In the months building up to Nov5th her mom ,and my gran used to do outwork for Wilders at her house in Ombersley rd Sparkbrook.
Wilders used to deliver teachests full of unlabled fireworks to the house. There job was to cover the fireworks with the lables. They did this on a
table in the front room in front of a roaring fire.At the end of the night they shook the cloth and all the residue on to the open fire.
No health and saftey in those days. All the fireworks that did not have the lable on right ended up in a large suitcase in our house in
Formans rd Iwas always a very popular kid on bonfire night. Mom also shared a lot of them with my friends, i seemed to have a lot of friends
around Nov 5th.
#...Try to remember the fifth of November/ Gunpowder, treason and plot...#A song verse keeps going though my mind on the 5 Nov. Not sure of the words, BUT think it starts with "Try to remember the fifth of November" Eddie you should know this one? John Crump OldProudBrit. Parker. Colorado USA
| [SIZE=+1]English Folk Verse (c.1870)[/SIZE] The Fifth of November|
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England's overthrow.
But, by God's providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James's sake!
If you won't give me one,
I'll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!