It’s that time of the year again – the nights are drawing in, I’m a Celebrity will be back on the telly soon and Christmas is just around the corner. However, before the festive season can begin, Britain needs its yearly dose of fireworks.
Bonfire night is an event that has been enjoyed for generations, but will it be around for much longer? Are fireworks now causing too many issues within local communities that eventually, they will just not be allowed? With Sainsburys being the first supermarket to ban the sale of fireworks this year in the name of animal welfare, these issues are all too prominent.
What were once fantastic events where the community could come together are now often melting pots for underage drinkers, violence, theft and drugs. Every year, I see more and more groups of kids running around and causing havoc and it makes me wonder what November 5th has actually turned into.
A lot of children are sadly missing out on having the fond memories of the bonfire nights I have from my own childhood because their local event has become too rough and unsafe. In particular, one funfair I used to enjoy going to is now actively avoided because of rumors of stabbings and gangs.
Even so, it seems that people who choose not to celebrate the occasion and stay at home instead still cannot escape the danger. Last week, it was reported that fireworks have been thrown through letterboxes in Lenton, meaning that Sainsburys were probably right to not put them on sale this year.
I feel that the only way to stop this situation from getting worse is for more shops and supermarkets to follow in Sainsbury’s footsteps and stop their sale of fireworks.
Even animals suffer from the horrors of bonfire night and one poor 18-week-old puppy has even “died of fright” in the last few days due to the loud noise.
Something needs to be done to stop people letting off fireworks at all hours of the night and frightening pets to death (literally). It seems firework haters are beginning to take action; a government petition to ban the general sale of fireworks has received 247,635 signatures, exceeding the amount needed to trigger a debate in Parliament. In my opinion, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Despite the negatives, the spirit of bonfire night very much still lives on. This year, most communities in Nottinghamshire will put on a fireworks display and The Forest in Hyson Green is set to see its biggest display yet.
This time of year also provides a perfect opportunity for families to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Aside from social benefits, bonfire night celebrations very much strengthen the local economy through entry fees and boosts sales in local shops, pubs and bars.
So, with all things considered, is bonfire night still an event that is enjoyed by most people in the community, or is it now causing more fear and danger than excitement?