Will the cost of fireworks rocket in the run-up to November 5?
That’s the burning question that has consumers turning Catherine wheels at the moment as many people in the industry are forecasting a sky-high hike in prices.
And it is all due, they claim, to the affect of Brexit.
The cost of testing, as well as that of the fireworks themselves, will, it is being forecast, inevitably rise, because of the majority decision to exit the European Union and the subsequent fall in value of the pound.
No doubt mums and dads will feel that it is something of a Roman scandal – or even a Brussels -based gunpowder plot – as they make their preparations to put a sparkler into the lives of their offspring on the big day.
You might wonder, however, whether these are the same doomsayers who were prophesying all manner of economic gloom in the aftermath of the historic in-out vote, and are now constantly being surprised by the fact that many of their fears have gone up in smoke.
The fact is that we don’t know what is going to happen as a result of Brexit. And that applies to the cost of goods. Including fireworks.
Only recently Unilever, which owns brands including PG Tips, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Persil, demanded price rises of ten percent from Tesco, blaming the falling value of the pound.
Tesco, however, refused to pass on the increases to their customers and, for a short time, products were removed from the stores.
There were reports that stocks could start running out in shops across the country and it is true that, for a short time, this appeared to be the case, but it did not take long for the stand-off to be resolved and all the goods were soon back on the shelves at the previous prices.
And so it goes on.
If you believe the latest scare stories it could be a case of Brexit wrecks it as far as your firework display is concerned.
There is, of course, an alternative.
Buy now. Don’t wait until just before the big day, scour through the fireworks online and in the shops and ensure you get the very best deal. You could, as well, go to one of the big displays put on in most towns and cities these days, and, in some cases, help a worthy cause at the same time, as a good number of them are in aid of charity.
We will just have to wait and see what the next few days will bring. If the warning turns out to be true and the cost of fireworks does go up there are some choices that will have to be made. We can get our fingers burnt by paying the extra; we can buy fewer fireworks to keep the expense down; we can go to a communal display – or we can stay in and watch the football fireworks provided by the Premiership footballers and their prima donna managers in the live soccer match on the telly…
It is true that those who voted to stay in the European Union warned us that there would be fireworks if we voted to come out, but it does seem doubly harsh if we have to pay more for them as well!