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‘Green Bonfire Night’ To Go Ahead Without A Bonfire

by : Cameron Frew on : 29 Sep 2021 14:02
'Green Bonfire Night' To Go Ahead Without A BonfireAlamy

A London fireworks display is going ‘green’ this year, with no sparklers and no actual bonfire on Bonfire Night. 

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Growing up, it’s a night you look forward to as the year moves into winter; going out with your family, huddling under the bright, colourful skies as fireworks rocket above you.

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However, as an adult, there’s other things to consider; the noise from the fireworks causes intense distress for pets across the country, and it’s not particularly environmentally friendly.

It'll be a different Bonfire Night at the club. (Alamy)Alamy

After many Guy Fawkes nights were canned last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dulwich Sports Club in south London is going ahead with its Bonfire Night event this year – but it’s believed to be Britain’s first ‘green’ celebration.

Instead of gathering around a roaring bonfire, usually built from all sorts of wood and abandoned furniture, ‘this year the event is going green with an eco-friendly virtual Bonfire on the Big Screen,’ the advert reads, also warning, ‘Strictly no sparklers, these will not be allowed on to the site.’

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For reference, up to 7,000 people are expected to show up at the event on Saturday, November 6, albeit with a ‘new improved layout’ – and, again, they’ll have to sit and stand around a large screen of a fire. If you’re going to check it out, I’d maybe put on an extra layer or two, or just try to convince yourself it’s a real fire.

Bonfire Night in the UK. (Alamy)Alamy

It’s opened itself up to some mockery already, but the club’s secretary Susie Giles defended the decision by a separate organising committee, saying it was made for ‘good reasons’.

‘People are aware it will be an eco-friendly bonfire this year so it doesn’t seem to have put them off,’ she told The Sun. Local councillor Richard Leeming also said, ‘The idea sounds interesting and I hope everyone in attendance has a fun evening.’

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‘Dulwich has a long history of innovation and I hope that they seem to have thought hard about making it safe. I hope everybody has a good time,’ he said.

Local resident Masie Bennett said it sounds a ‘bit rubbish… a fake bonfire is pretty joyless. If we’re just going to watch a flame on a television screen then it’s a bit rubbish and we may as well do that at home’.

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