I’ve seen hardly any of these advertisements for fireworks this year. When I was a child you could buy fireworks at every newsagent inclined to sell them in the weeks leading up to Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th of November. A few years ago they began to be on sale everywhere all the time which began to erode the tolerance that most people had towards their occasional use. Pet owners and anyone else who finds loud bangs a nuisance could no longer prepare for the two or three days each year that they expected them to be in use. Fireworks were set off in Greenford’s gardens for weeks on end as parties were held for Guy Fawkes as well as religious festivals. Older residents (especially veterans) became upset when the quiet of Remembrance Sunday was disturbed which led to a more respectful and limited approach to their use. This year I suspect there will be fewer fireworks simply because times are hard.
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