The word ‘squib’ has, over the years, been used to refer loosely to any of a variety of fireworks. It has been imprecisely applied to bangers, roman candles and mines, and even to a type of firework which used to be applied to sooty chimneys to loosen the worst of the deposits before the sweep pushed up his brushes.
The town of Bridgwater in Somerset though, knows only one type of squib. Squibbing is permanently commemorated in the statue ‘Spirit of Carnival’ and it’s history is explained on the plaque:
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“For centuries, on 5th November, the townsfolk of Bridgwater gathered around a bonfire, sited here on the Cornhill to celebrate the failure of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Throughout the course of the evening the revelers would light their home-made Squibs and make merry around the flames of the bonfire and so the famous Bridgwater Carnival was born.”
Squibbing is the sensational finale to the Bridgwater Carnival, which is just one of the many illuminated carnivals of the South West.
Hundreds of spectacularly lit floats parade through the towns of Somerset and neighbouring counties.
Read more about the Guy Fawkes carnivals.