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The tradition, heritage, culture & history of fireworks
Bygones and nostalgia, fire festivals and memorabilia
In this section of fireworks.co.uk you can read all about the various historic and cultural aspects of fireworks, and fire celebrations, which form our traditions and cultural heritage.
The most obvious one to the British reader is Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot although it is not often appreciated that all of the elements of a traditional British Bonfire Night pre-date the Conspiracy. Fireworks, November bonfires and burning of effigies were all in common use long before King James1st enshrined them in law as a national celebration. It is not surprising then, that fire celebrations span a much wider range with torchlight processions, and the burning of many things other than just bonfires.
Read about the Guy Fawkes Lantern - in the hands of the Gunpowder Plotter as he was arrested in the act of lighting the fuse.
Some of the fireworks names which many readers will remember from their own childhood have long since disappeared, and even more recent ones such as the popular Men Shun range have fallen victim to recent economic times.
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