Remember, remember, the 4th of November…

This year, on 2nd Novem­ber, thou­sands of people will turn out to watch the impress­ive fire­work dis­play in Brock­well Park. Amid the excite­ment of the wait­ing crowd, the glare of neon lights from the on-site fun fair, and the inev­it­able delay after the 10 second count­down, you might stop and con­sider the extraordin­ary situ­ation you find your­self in.

Rarely is it that this many people gath­er in one place at the same time with the exact same inten­sion as the per­son stood next to them. An inten­sion so simple and inno­cent that it’s all the more strange. Watch­ing fire­works, no mat­ter how cool you think you are, brings out a sense of child­ish won­der in us all. You can try and stifle the desire to ‘ooo’ and aaah’ at the pretty col­ours, mag­ni­fi­cent explo­sions and scream­ing rock­ets, but we all know it’s impossible. Fire­works are frickin’ awe­some.

But that’s not the only good thing about bon­fire night. Yes, we’re all still very glad about the fact James I didn’t get blown up by Guy Fawkes and his band of merry men 407 years ago. Big cheers/ brow wiping/ expres­sions of relief etc. No, the really good thing about watch­ing the fire­works with loads of people from your neigh­bour­hood is just that — you’re doing some­thing with people from your com­munity, and it’s free, and it’s fun, and everyone’s hav­ing a good time.

So while you’re watch­ing the fire­works this com­ing Fri­day, remem­ber to not only wear gloves when hold­ing spark­lers, but to think about how cool it is hanging out with your com­munity and shar­ing such a fun exper­i­ence. Maybe even say ‘hello’ to the per­son stood next to you. You never know, it might turn out that they live on your road, or their kids go to the same school as your kids, or that they’re called Dave and so are you. Whatever it is, make a con­nec­tion — it’s what will hold your com­munity togeth­er.

Oh, and obvi­ously, remem­ber, remem­ber, the 4th of November…because it’s FEAST and you wouldn’t want to miss anoth­er oppor­tun­ity to have fun at a bril­liant, local event that’s just round the corner.

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