This year, our local fireworks display moved from the usual venue at the Rugby Club to Milford Marina. This meant a longer walk down to the display (we have been very spoilt in the past living so close to the rugby club) and a reminder to the kids to take care near the water. It had rained on and off all day and after a rushed afternoon, then choir, tea and clearing up, I admit that I was tempted to stay home. But of course I made the effort for the kids and as always I'm really glad I did. Walking down with the kids was great as we got to see lots of bonus fireworks along the way. It was lovely to see so many friends down there too.
As I was holding both the youngest girls' hands, I asked Danny to text Dave for me to check where he would meet us. Danny informed me that Dad was by the vets, to which Izzy replied, "Maybe he has a bad leg!"
We arrived and watched some of the entertainment, but the kids preferred to go on the rides while listening to the likes of Raggsy in the background. We met up with Mum, Jo and Cerys.
Then we grabbed some sweets and drinks and found a good spot to watch the fireworks.
As always they were an amazing display set to music, no theme this year but the songs included A Thousand Years (which I love). This song always reminds me of Ceri as we both loved Twilight. It's been strange the last two years celebrating Bonfire night without her. As Bonfire Night falls on a Saturday next year, then it's more likely that we can all watch together once more (sisters reunited!).
We all really enjoyed the display. As well as a public display being a lot safer, it also means we get to see thousands of pounds worth of fireworks for free. Milford Haven Round Table do such a great job putting on free events for town members throughout the year. We all gladly threw donations in the charity buckets on the way in and the way out! I went home with a completely empty purse, but a heart full of happiness.
As thousands had flocked to the marina (which was heartwarming to see) it took a while to walk out through the crowd. Then we all had to squeeze together (no mean feat with water one side of us) as cars started to leave too. Dave nearly had to help push one car off the road as it was unable to move and causing a build up of the already queueing traffic, but thankfully it was all sorted pretty quickly. Mum gave me and Izzy (and Jo and Cerys) a lift home while Dave and the older kids walked back.
Once we were all back home it was sparkler time. I felt far more relaxed around these than in the past, it must be because the kids are older and more aware of how to use them safely.
I filmed Danny but didn't manage to get a good photo of him holding his sparkler. I also forgot to light one for myself! Thankfully we have more left for the next couple of nights.
Here is a short video of the evening, but I didn't film much to be honest.
The kids love learning about the history of Guy Fawkes,which I'm glad, but to us remembering in this way has become more of a cultural custom, a reminder of how this date was marked in the past and to me a reminder of my childhood. I now love creating new bonfire night memories with my own children.
Do you remember, remember, the 5th November, gunpowder, treason and plot?
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot ….