Warwick Town Bonfire Defend 0rganised Bonfire Nights

Warwick Town Bonfire are reassuring people that their organised firework night is completely acceptable, after a petition to ban the public use of fireworks has gained more attention.

The petition, which launched last month now has over 30,000 signatures and the figure is expected to rise after the attention of bonfire night.

Julie Doorne, who started the petition back in October, explained what she wants the campaign to raise awareness of ”the government doesn’t seem to understand the real problem with fireworks. The real problem is random fireworks, the fireworks people just set off randomly throughout the year.”

Everyone knows that bonfire night is the traditional evening where fireworks are let off and huge bonfires are burnt to the ground. The night is all organised in order to celebrate Guy Fawkes, who failed to blow up parliament.

Julie argues that the problem isn’t fireworks themselves but the fact that they are set off for months surrounding bonfire night. She believes that these random fireworks cause stress to terrified animals and people who are hypersensitive to them. Julie has heard countless accounts from people where fireworks have caused nothing but trouble. She tells the account of one story that really pulled on her heartstrings.

 

 

The West Midlands, home to various bonfire nights have responded to the concerns raised by Julie and remain confident that organised bonfires don’t cause the same issues.

On Saturday night around 6000 people attended the Warwick Town Bonfire and organiser Jackie Crampton explained why she isn’t concerned about the use of fireworks “over the last five years we’ve been subject to a lot of scrutiny from the district council. Their health and safety team have taken a great deal of interest and helped make sure we run a safe event. I was not aware of any issues.” However, she went on to say “It does concern me that people can pick up fireworks from a supermarket and set them off in the street.”

Jackie advises people to go to organised bonfire nights, where the safety of everyone has been considered.

 

 

Warwick Town Bonfire also feels that bonfire nights aren’t just about the celebration of Guy Fawkes but are also an important part of the education system. They believe they teach children about the start of terrorism, as Jackie explained how she got schools involved in the organisation of the event “we got the local schools to make a couple of Guy Fawkes for us so they learnt about the history of the event.” She continued “he was actually one of the original terrorists, he was trying to change the government and the ruling parties so there’s nothing new about bombing. It’s helpful for children to understand there were bad people around even then, who got punished for their actions.”

Jackie Crampton’s response raises further concerns, if bonfire nights remain under the same scrutiny as fireworks the education system might be the first thing to suffer.

It’s clear that the public use of fireworks is becoming an increasing concern but how long will it be until organised bonfires also bring the same threat.

Jemma Cullum

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