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Friday, 6 November 2015
Am I an Old Fart?
I went to the Burnley Bonfire night yesterday, my first time at an organised event for many years, mainly to watch the firework display but also to partake in the traditional fare on bonfire evening.
I was looking forwards the Treacle Toffee, Parkin, Hot Baked Potatoes (so hot from the fire they were black), black peas & meat pie, toffee apples, hot pot & red cabbage. All the things I ate at bonfire nights for many years.
You can imagine my disappointment when all there was on offer were burgers, fried chicken, chips, greasy doughnuts & candy floss interspersed with concessions selling light sabres. It felt more like Blackpool than Burnley.
It was also raining, freezing cold and muddy. The fire was well, a fire, but Health & Safety means you can't get within 5o yards of it, so you can't even feel that warm glow to heat you up!
The noise from funfair (wtf), blared out in the background and I began to wonder what I was doing there. This wasn't Bonfire night as I remember.
But then the main event started. The firework display. It was worth the wait, the cold and rain. It was a truly spectacular show, which lit up the sky.
Far far better than the often disappointing fireworks you used to buy from the newsagent. Catherine wheels that didn't go around. Traffic lights that didn't change colours and rockets in a milk bottle that could go anywhere.
After the 20 minute firework display was over, everyone applauded and I was left thinking am I an old fart? Life changes and we are all victims of progress, yes the traditional part of bonfire night I remember has gone, but boy those fireworks were bloody brilliant and I can't wait to go back next year!
We all are guilty of saying "things were better when I was younger" but most of the time that isn't true and most things are better now than they were in the past. We should all embrace change and the benefits of technology, better production techniques but not forget our heritage and past.