Lions Firework Display, the annual organized firework event,
took place in the grounds of the Chase Hotel on Saturday, 8 November
this year and proved to be as spectacular as always with the bonfire
being lit at 7 o'clock by the torches of the cubs and scouts.
Strangely, taking photographs meant that, although I was there
I didn't really 'see' the fireworks myself as I was busy concentrating
on the camera and trying to 'get it right', but judging by the
bangs, flashes and frightened young children crying plus the tempting
smell of hot dogs and hamburgers, the display was enjoyed in the
usual tradition by thousands of families in Ross-on-Wye.
a child, I remember 'firework night' in the United Kingdom being
November 5th with a few sporadic flashes and bangs (some caused
by myself I have to confess) just a few days either side of this
date. Nowadays, 'firework year' seems to begin on January 1st
and end on December 31st with the odd 'silent night' in between.
Wouldn't it be nice if the Ross Lions Firework Display and others
around the country, along with perhaps welcoming in the New Year
were to remain special events, and if Aunt Mable's Birthday or
the anniversary of the passing of the goldfish were to be celebrated
in the more traditional fashion of quaffing mead and feasting
on wild bore, rather that half a dozen earth shaking explosions!