Warwick Town Bonfire defend organised 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 explaind the idea behind it ‘”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.”

Bonfire night is known as the traditional evening where fireworks are let off and huge bonfires are burnt to the ground to celebrate Guy Fawkes, who failed to blow up parliament. Julie argues that the problem is they are set off for months surrounding the event, which causes stress to terrified animals and people who are hypersensitive to them. She has heard countless accounts from people where fireworks have caused nothing but trouble.

The West Midlands, home to various bonfire nights have responded to the concerns and remain confident that organised bonfires don’t cause the same issue. Around 6000 people attended the Warwick Town Bonfire on Saturday night and organiser Jackie Crampton explained why she isn’t concerned “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.”

Warwick Town Bonfire feel that bonfire nights should still remain an important part of the education system for schools, as they teach children about the start of terrorism, as Jackie explained “We get the local schools to make a couple of Guy Fawkes for us so they learnt 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.”

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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