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'Bonfire Night' 🔥 Sunday 5th November

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent To blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below To prove old England's overthrow. By God's mercy he was catch'd With a darkened lantern and burning match. So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him? Burn him!"

With the 5th November fast approaching, we chose 'Bonfire Night' as our theme for this week's 'CST Friendship Group' session.

We asked members to come along with stories of their best ever 'Bonfire Night'. We also asked them to wear their favourite hat and scarf, for a short time at least.

Next we asked, 'Who likes fireworks and Bonfire Night'? Who hates the noise and shuts the curtains? What are the things people like and dislike about the occasion?

- The colours and bangs

- The excitement of the crowd and shared experience

- The smell of burning wood and cordite

- The food and drink

- The celebration of an annual occasion based in reminiscence

- The noise

- The remains of spent fireworks

- Unwanted fires

- Injuries

- Inevitably, it will rain!

A reminder that 'Classic FM' plays a 'Pet Classics' show to calm your animals during the fireworks from 5-9 pm on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November. It's a lovely show to enjoy if you're not that into 'Bonfire Night'.


Next we completed the following phrases together ...

No smoke without - FIRE

Flash in the - PAN

Bang out of - ORDER

Fire in your - BELLY

Candle in the - WIND

Sky at - NIGHT

It's not rocket - SCIENCE

Light the blue touch - PAPER

Burn the candle at both - ENDS

Baptism of - FIRE

My ears are - BURNING

Fire and - BRIMSTONE

Put that in your pipe and - SMOKE IT

Out of the frying pan, into the - FIRE

All smoke and - MIRRORS

Money burns a hole in - YOUR POCKET


Set the world on - FIRE

Smoke like a - CHIMNEY

Pocket - ROCKET

Blaze a - TRAIL

Playing with - FIRE

Song break ...

'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', The Platters -

What did this song advertise in the 1970s? (Clue. The advert tagline started with "Boom, boom, boom, boom ...")


They asked me how I knew My true love was true I of course replied, something here inside Cannot be denied

They said some day you'll find All who love are blind When your heart's on fire, you must realise Smoke gets in your eyes

So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed To think they could doubt my love Yet today my love has flown away I am without my love

Now laughing friends deride Tears I cannot hide, hide So I smile and say, when a lovely flame dies Smoke gets in your eyes


​In which country did fireworks originate 2000 years ago?

​Which 'Maid Of Orleans' was burned at the stake in 1431?

​Which king was Guido Fawkes trying to overthrow in 'The Gunpowder Plot' in 1605?

(FACTOID: Guido Fawkes was from York.)

​What were the gunpowder plotters trying to achieve?

(FACTOID: There were 36 barrels of gunpowder!)

​Since 1605 what is done ceremonially on each 'State Opening of The Houses of Parliament' by the 'Yeomen Of The Guard'?

​Where and when did the Great Fire of London start?

(FACTOID: Only six people died!)

​What did we used to say, when asking for money for making a Guido Fawkes for the bonfire?

(How much would we ask for these days?)

​What year did Windsor Castle burn? (It was HM Queen Elizabeth's "Annus horribilis")

​Which French cathedral burnt in April 2019? (Can anyone see Jesus in the flames?)

​On New Year's Eve, in which harbour city do we first see (on BBC 1) broadcast a magnificent fireworks display?

​What is the technical name for the art of making or displaying fireworks called? Also, which landmark is pictured here?

​Which company is the biggest purchaser of fireworks in the world?

Song break ...

'When You Wish Upon A Star', Cliff Edwards, Disney Studio Chorus -

Which Disney film featured this song and which character sang it?


When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream

No request is too extreme

When you wish upon a star

As dreamers do

Like a bolt out of the blue

Fate steps in and sees you through

When you wish upon a star

Your dreams come true


Next, we thought about things that remind us of 'Bonfire Night', these being:

- Preparation

- Foods

- Vintage fireworks

- Enjoyment

What might you need to prepare to enjoy a 'Fireworks Display'?

- Building a ...

- Checking for ...

- Getting the right clothes ready. What would you wear?

- Making sure the footwear is weatherproof. Name the ones shown?

- Buying a box of home fireworks (do members remember 'Standard Fireworks'?) How much would a box of home fireworks cost these days?

- Booking a display (who would rather go to a display?). How much would a ticket set you back?

- Why are lanterns being banned in many countries?

Are there any other things you might do by way of preparation?

Name these 'Bonfire Night Foods'?

- A savoury sausage snack (What is the name of the sausage put inside?) - A baked vegetable served with butter and salt and pepper

- A roasted nut

- A fruit dipped in sweet sticky stuff

- A ginger cake (very popular in Yorkshire)

- A hot alcoholic beverage

- A baked sweet

Can anyone think of any other firework favourite foods and drinks?

Complete the names of these old firework favourites?

- 'Sp******' (In terms of accident statistics, this is the most dangerous of all common fireworks. They burn at an extremely high heat: 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit!)

- 'Ro****' (You might have put these in a milk bottle dug into the ground before lighting them)

- 'Ca******* Wh***' (You would have nailed this to the fence)

- 'Ba*****' (You might have thrown these into neighbours gardens to frighten them - very naughty!)

- 'Ro*** Ca****' (They would burn high and fire out one or more high stars)

- 'Ja** I* T** B**' (This would shower different colours and make bangs)

- ''Ch***** Fi**********' (You might see these in China town)

- 'C***' (You would have had a toy gun to use these with)

- 'Ju***** Ja***' (These would spark and crackle and jump around the garden)

Can anyone think of any more vintage fireworks?

How much do you think a typical 'Round Table Fireworks Display' costs, in terms of a 15-20 event? (Bearing in mind major displays can cost £2000,000.)

Song break ...

'Great Balls Of Fire', Jerry Lee Lewis -

In the 1957 hit single 'Great Balls Of Fire' by Jerry Lee Lewis, what does too much love do to a man? ...

(FACTOID... Apparently 'Great Balls Of Fire' is a Southern American expression of surprise. Scarlett O'Hara says, "Great Balls of Fire! It's Rhett!" in the 1939 film 'Gone With The Wind'. However, it is thought it was included in this song for lewd reasons. Ahem!)


You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain

Too much love drives a man insane

You broke my will, but what a thrill

Goodness gracious great balls of fire

I laughed at love when I thought it was funny

But you came along and you moved me honey

I've changed my mind, this love is fine

Goodness gracious great balls of fire

Kiss me baby, woo, it feels good

Hold me baby, ooh, yeah, you gonna love me like a lover should

You're fine, so kind, I'm gonna tell this world that you're mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

I chew my nails, I twiddle my thumbs

I'm really nervous but it sure is fun

Come on baby, you drive me crazy

Goodness gracious great balls of fire

Ohhh, kiss me baby, woo-oooooo, feels good, yeah

Let me love you like a lover should.

You're fine. So kind.

I gonna tell this world that you're mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

I chew my nails and I twiddle my thumbs

I'm real nervous but it sure is fun

Come on baby, you drive me crazy

Ad break. 'Edgar The Dragon' -

Before watching, which store produced this advert?


​In which 1939 movie did Atlanta burn?

Name these two characters?

(Factoid. The set of 'King Kong' was burned down as the setting for the 'Burning Of Atlanta'?)

​In which 1940 movie did Danvers set fire to Manderley?

Who wrote the book?

​Name the children's TV programme which focused on a fire station?

Can anyone think of their names?

Intro -

Who wrote this series?

Where was he born & baptised?

Titles -

​Can anyone name these three stars of the 1974 movie 'Towering Inferno'?

​In which 1988 movie did Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) say "Nothing to see here."?

Sketch -

​What British military vehicles were used in the 2002 firefighter strikes?

& What was the exercise guru on GMTV's real name?

​Name the children's TV character?

T or F. London's Fire Chief asked for his name to be changed to 'Firefighter ***', to recognise the role of female firefighters?

(NB. Channel 4 launched 40 years ago.)

​Which 1991 movie saw this chap shoot an arrow in Nottingham Castle to save his brother?

Who played the part?

Here is the movie song -

​What was the name of the bird in 'Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets'?

What type of bird was he? What was his special power?

​What was the name of the wizard in 'Lord Of The Rings', who was a fireworks specialist?

Here is one of his displays -

​Who starred as Ethan Hunt in the 'Mission Impossible' movie series?

How long was it before secret mission messages would self destruct?

Titles -

​In the TV drama series 'London's Burning', what colour was the 'Watch'?

Titles -

Song break ...

'Boom Bang A Bang', Lulu - In which year did Lulu win the Eurovision Song Contest?

(FACTOID: Lulu's real name is Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie.)


Come closer, come closer and listen The beat of my heart keeps on missing I notice it most when we're kissing Come closer and love me tonight That's right Come closer and cuddle me tight My heart goes Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang When you are near Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang Loud in my ear Pounding away, pounding away Won't you be mine? Boom bang-a-bang-bang all the time It's such a lovely feeling When I'm in your arms Don't go away I wanna stay my whole life through Boom bang-a-bang-bang Close to you Your smile is so warm and inviting The thought of your kiss is exciting So hold me and don't keep me waiting Come closer and love me tonight That's right Come closer and cuddle me tight My heart goes Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang When you are near Boom bang-a-bang, boom bang-a-bang Loud in my ear Pounding away, pounding away Won't you be mine? Boom bang-a-bang-bang all the time It's such a lovely feeling When I'm in your arms Now you are near I wanna hear your heartbeat too Boom bang-a-bang-bang I love you It's such a lovely feeling When I'm in your arms Now you are near I wanna hear your heartbeat too Boom bang-a-bang-bang Boom bang-a-bang-bang Boom bang-a-bang-bang I love you


Fill in the gaps ...

We asked what 'R.O.S.P.A.' stands for?

  • Don’t drink A****** if setting off fireworks.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed B**.

  • Follow the instructions on each firework, using a T****.

  • Light them at arm’s length, using a T****.

  • Stand well B***.

  • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still E******.

  • Never put fireworks in your P***** or T**** them.

  • Always supervise C******* around fireworks.

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear G*****.

  • Never give sparklers to a child under F***.

  • Keep P*** indoors.

  • All fireworks should end by **PM.

Here is a reminder never to use fireworks when intoxicated ...

Does the phrase 'A Damp Squib' refer to a failed firework or a disappointment, or both? Or is it a sea creature?


- N.Y.E.

- C.N.Y. - I.D.

- B.D.

- D.

- W.

Can you think of any more?

A new occasion for fireworks is a 'Gender Reveal Party'.

What colour fireworks, or confetti bombs, would be for boys and girls?

What do people think about 'Drone Shows' as a replacement for fireworks displays? It's much kinder on the environment for sure. Here is the 'Guinness Book Of Records' biggest display of 1,002 drones in October 2020 -


Ask members to choose one or two to play ...

​Who composed the 'Music For The Royal Fireworks' in 1749?

​Which two unusual 'musical' instruments give 'The 1812 Overture' by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky extra dramatic impact?

(Listen carefully, from about 11.24 of this track - )

​Who starred in the 1965 movie 'She', which was about an immortal woman who stays young by bathing in a blue flame?

'Eternal Flame', by The Bangles -

​Johnny Cash sang about a 'Ring Of Fire' in 1963. Which horror character does a ring of fire protect you from?

​Who had the 1968 hit 'Fire' that starts with the line "I am the God of Hellfire, and I bring you Fire"?

​Who was the lead singer of The Doors?

​In which John Travolta movie did the 1976 song 'Disco Inferno' by The Trampps feature?

​Which boy band, with Lulu, had a hit with a cover of this song in 1993? (See later)

​Which world leader did US President Donald Trump refer to as 'Little Rocket Man'?

​Which star was Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind' about?

​In this song, who is a junkie?

Singalong ....