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Get all fired up for Guy Fawkes' night
Thursday, 04 November 2010
By Owen Adams
GUY Fawkes, some say, was the only man to enter Parliament with honest intentions, and 405 years on his gunpowder, treason and plot will be widely marked by fireworks and a big bonfire.
A Guy Fawkes effigy contest for under-12s is also included in the 22nd Fern (Fire, Entertainment and Rides in November) celebration at Speech House Hotel, Coleford, in aid of local good causes. The Guys will be judged between 2pm and 2.30pm on Saturday, hours before the lighting of the bonfire, and the hotel is offering Sunday lunch for individual winners and free use of its marquee for group winners.
“Speech House’s owner Peter Hands and his staff have given us a lot of help and encouragement,” said Geoff Davis from the Forest of Dean Lions Club, co-organisers of the Fern event with the Severn Dean Lions Club.
“We changed fireworks providers last year and the display in 2009 was extra-spectacular. This year we have spent £4,000 on fireworks.”
In another change, this year’s event will be alcohol-free.
“The emphasis on this being a family event, comfortable and safe for all ages to attend,” said Mr Davis.
Organisers are expecting 5,000 people to attend the Speech House event on Saturday.
On Guy Fawkes’ night itself, tomorrow, Bathurst Park in Lydney is the venue for the town council’s Firework Spectacular, staged by a professional pyrotechnics company. A fun fair will also be there, from 7.30pm.
Also on Friday, bonfire night fans will be spoilt for choice. There will be the annual fireworks display at Westbury Parish Hall field starting at 6.30pm, while up the road at Blaidson, Westbury Young Farmers’ Club is staging a bonfire and fireworks display at the Red Hart Inn with some proceeds going to the Great Oaks Hospice.
Bonfire night and fireworks at Bells in Coleford on Friday is followed by a Guy Fawkes Disco, open to all ages.
Other events take place throughout the Dean.
Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd Saturday, 21 December 2013
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