Bonfire Night 2021 live – Fireworks BANNED in shops across country as displays cancelled; check events & deals near you

IT'S that time of year again – Bonfire Night is upon us once more.

With events more or less entirely called off due to covid last year, 2021 is a chance for families up and down the country to make up for lost time.

So whether you're looking for the best fireworks displays in your area, the latest weather forecasts or if you're simply hoping to bag some great Guy Fawkes-themed supermarket deals, we have you covered.

This live blog will cover absolutely everything Bonfire Night related so make it your one-stop shop for making plans and grabbing a bargain this year.

Read our Bonfire Night live blog below for the very latest updates…

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    For the animals…

    It’s not just the animals in your home that can be scared of fireworks – horses can be too. If you’re a horse owner:

    • Know in advance – check to see if there are going to be any firework displays in your area.
    • Talk to the organisers – where possible, tell the organisers of firework displays that there are horses nearby and ask them to set off their fireworks in the opposite direction.
    • Get BHS advice – for top tips on keeping your horse safe and secure during the firework season, please follow the advice from the British Horse Society.

    Explained: Why is Bonfire Night celebrated with fireworks?

    Bonfire Night is celebrated in the UK by lighting bonfires, burning “Guys”, which are effigies styled after the plotter and setting off fireworks.

    People first started lighting bonfires as a celebration that the king hadn’t been killed, and the tradition has persisted to this day.

    Fireworks are also set off throughout the country as they are powered by gunpowder, representing the explosives that were never used.

    And yeoman of the guard still search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament before the state opening in November.

    However, it is a ceremonial gesture rather than an actual terrorist hunt, even using old lanterns.

    Funnily enough, and despite being the most famous member of the group, Guy Fawkes didn’t lead the plot, he just ended up being caught in Parliament’s cellars with a shed load of gunpowder.

    Explained: which fireworks are legal to buy?

    In law, all fireworks are divided into four different categories:

    • Category 1s are fireworks which can be handled by children with adult supervision. Examples can include everything from party poppers and Christmas crackers to sparklers.
    • Category 2 or 3 fireworks are the standard fireworks you would see in displays such as standard rockets. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy, handle or set up category 2 or 3 fireworks.
    • Category 4s are the dangerous types which can only be used by the professionals. These are banned for sale to the general public and can only be bought from specialist retailers.
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      Every little DOES help

      Tesco has finally confirmed that it will be selling fireworks this year.

      Last year, it didn’t sell any big boxes of bangers, offering low-noise ones instead.

      But this year the supermarket is offering a whole range of fireworks.

      These include Titanium Sparklers for £1, low-noise options like the Carnival Selection Box from £7, and a whopping ten different selection boxes in the Firework Party Kit for £110.

      Clubcard holders can also get two “Northern Lights” selection box for £20.

      You can check where your nearest Tesco store is – and if they’re selling fireworks – using the supermarket’s store locator tool.

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      Explained: Who was Gunpowder Plot leader?

      Despite being less famous than Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby was actually the mastermind behind the gunpowder plot.

      He was born around 1572 in Warwickshire to a Catholic family in newly-Protestant England.

      He was said to be charismatic and made friends easily – many of whom remained fiercely loyal to him.

      Catesby became deeply religious as he matured after what was said to be a wild youth.

      He wanted to bring England back to the Catholic faith and is understood to have colluded with the Spanish government in 1602 about instigating a rebellion to achieve that goal.

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      Sainsbury’s will NOT stock fireworks for third year running

      Brits will be looking forward to cracking out the sparklers this Friday – but won’t be able to buy their bangers from some supermarkets.

      Sainsbury’s has once again banned the sale of fireworks from all of its stores.

      The supermarket stopped selling fireworks a number of years ago – and won’t be offering them to customers again this year.

      The move was sparked by concerns raised by charities that fireworks cause unnecessary distress to pets, wildlife and elderly people.

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      Why did plot fail?

      All the best laid plans tend to fall apart due to the people in them and the Gunpowder Plot is no exception.

      It is believed a letter was probably sent to Lord Monteagle by his brother-in-law Francis Tresham – who was one of the plotters warning him of the plot.

      Whomever it was presumably just wanted to spare a fellow Catholic – regardless of how many others died – and thought Monteagle would keep quiet to help the plot along.

      But Monteagle was loyal to the Crown – and presumably not a fan of mass murder – so he immediately went to the King.

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      Who did the plotters want to put on the throne?

      The plotters thought if they could take out James and his first born son – Henry – they could instead install his eldest daughter Elizabeth as a puppet ruler.

      Henry had a younger brother – who later became Charles I as his brother died of illness – but the plotters thought he was too young and feeble.

      Nine-year-old Elizabeth was being raised a Protestant and was not in London at the time – but the plotters thought they could kidnap her, raise her Catholic and marry her off to a Catholic groom.

      Alas for Elizabeth, or perhaps luckily, it was not to be and she was later married off to briefly be the Queen of Bohemia.

      But that was not the end of the story. Charles I’s descendants had died out by the early 18th century and his Catholic ones were barred from the throne by the Act of Succession.

      That meant it fell to her grandson a little known Elector of Hanover – son of her Protestant daughter Sophie – who later became George I.

      And from him our modern Royal family is descended.

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      Scarred for life

      A boy scarred for life after a firework accident when he was little has spoke out about to warn others about protecting children near displays.

      Ben McCabe, 14, said medics are continuing to treat injuries to his chest, neck and right arm with skin grafts TEN YEARS after he suffered third degree burns from a stray rocket.

      He spoke out about the horror at a family gathering as he urged others to attend organised Bonfire Night displays.

      Ben, of Cumbernauld, said: “If there isn’t one on, think twice about the risks of a home display.

      “A few moments of excitement can have a lifetime of consequences.

      “I’ve had multiple ops with more to come and need regular treatments to keep my skin supple.”

      Alasdair Perry, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, added: “We are appealing to the public to attend organised events rather than do-it-yourself fireworks displays.”

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      Apocalypse meow

      For cats the loud bangs of fireworks can sound like the end of the world, so here is the best advice for trying to keep them happier and calmer on Bonfire Night.

      • Provide hiding places in your home, such as under some furniture or in a quiet corner.
      • Don’t try and tempt your cat out, as this will cause them to become more stressed.
      • Consider keeping them in – cats can become more stressed if they’re outside during fireworks.
      • Microchip your cats in case they’re startled and escape outside.

      Top tips for fireworks deals

      SILENT SIZZLERS: Low-noise fireworks are all the rage — particularly for those with pets.

      Tesco is doing a 3 for £18 Clubcard deal on packs, including the Carnival selection box, Gala fountain and Jubilee rockets, each £7.

      Or try Aldi’s LOL selection box for just £12, or Asda’s Rainbow selection for £10.

      CRACKING OFFER: It’s all about monster sparklers this year. Head to Lidl for 12 giant ones at £1.99 — 16p each.

      MEATY MULTIBUYS: For big gatherings, check out Iceland for its three-for-£5 deals on party food, including packs of chicken poppers, mini hot dog rolls and southern fried chicken sticks.

      The best advice though is to NEVER cheap out on safety – make sure whatever you buy carries the official kitemark.

      All prices on this page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

      What were the Gunpowder plotters trying to do?

      While the majority of us celebrate the failure of the plot every year, many do not know why they were trying to kill the king in the first place.

      Well the reason was simple, for years plotters had wanted to get a Catholic to succeed Protestant Elizabeth I to the throne.

      But when their last hope effectively died when the Catholic cousin of Elizabeth, Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed in 1588.

      Her son James I, known as James VI in Scotland, inherited her claim instead and came down to England to take up the throne alongside his Edinburgh seat in 1603.

      James was a staunch Protestant, he was the King James of the ‘King James’ Bible’, and had no time for people of his mother’s faith. She had been separated from him as a baby when she fled to England.

      As a result the plotters decided they need to get him out of the way….

      Plots and intrigue

      Many people associate William Shakespeare with Elizabeth I but he was also living and writing during the early years of James I&VI’s reign as well.

      Some of his later works are said to have been written to please the king – or at least not anger him and risk a trip to the Tower – at a time of intense political tension.

      Some Shakespeare scholars have even said the Gunpowder plot may have at least partially inspired the story of Macbeth – a play about a traitor who kills a Scottish king and gets his comeuppance.

      The play was written in around 1606 – months after the plot was exposed.

      Although the story is fictional, Macbeth was a real Scottish medieval king who was eventually usurped and James is said to have claimed descent from Banquo – who was prophesied ‘to be father to a line of kings here after’ in the play.

      When can I buy fireworks?

      Due to concerns about their effect on animals, the elderly and how dangerous they can be if they are not handled properly the sale of fireworks is strictly controlled.

      Accoridng to, you can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

      • 15 October to 10 November
      • 26 to 31 December
      • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

      At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

      Brrrr-fire night

      A four-day “Arctic blast” is set to bring icy temperatures, gales and even snow in a Bonfire Night washout.

      Temperatures are set to plunge after Britain was whipped by 80mph winds and lashed by torrential rain over the Halloween weekend.

      Although it will be mostly dry during the week, the heavy rain returns on Friday for the Bonfire Night weekend, with blustery winds in the north.

      A Met Office forecaster said: “After a wet and windy Halloween with a deep Atlantic low pressure system and damaging winds, it turns colder into the new week.”

      Bookmakers Coral have already slashed odds on November being the wettest on record to 6-4.

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        How to play with fire (safely)

        According to the London Fire Brigade, there is a safety code you should follow when setting off fireworks:

        • Only buy fireworks with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114.
        • Don’t drink alcohol and set off fireworks.
        • Keep fireworks in a closed box and follow the instructions carefully.
        • Light them at arm’s length using a taper, stand well back.
        • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
        • Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
        • Do not give sparklers to children under five. Once sparklers have gone out, they are still hot so put them in a bucket of water.
        • Keep your pets indoors if you’re setting off fireworks.

        Did Guy Fawkes mastermind the plot?

        Despite being less famous than Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby was actually the mastermind behind the gunpowder plot.

        He was born around 1572 in Warwickshire to a Catholic family in newly-Protestant England.

        He was said to be charismatic and made friends easily – many of whom remained fiercely loyal to him.

        Catesby became deeply religious as he matured after what was said to be a wild youth.

        He wanted to bring England back to the Catholic faith and is understood to have colluded with the Spanish government in 1602 about instigating a rebellion to achieve that goal.

        Who invented fireworks?

        Fireworks are incredibly ancient – they were first used in China during the Song dynasty between 960 and 1279.

        Firework making was a respected skill and the first rockets were made from rolled sheets of paper containing gunpowder and a fuse.

        Knowledge of the technique gradually drifted west as Arab explorers began moving east in the Middle Ages and bringing the knowledge back.

        Fireworks were first recorded in Europe by the late 14th century and became popular during the 17th century – just in time for Guy Fawkes' night.

        Police hurt in firework attack during Halloween weekend

        COPS were burnt after fireworks were thrown at them over the Halloween weekend.

        The pair of policemen were left with hearing difficulties and minor burns after being targeted on Lyons Road in Moreton, Merseyside.

        Meanwhile during the weekend on Longmoor Lane, Fazarkerley, 20 yobs threw fireworks at firefighters who were trying to put out blazes set alight in wheelie bins.

        Both police officers are expected to make a full recovery and no arrests were made.

        Despite the anti-social behaviour, the police said that calls about criminal damage were 52 per cent down at the same time last year.

        The best bonfires in Yorkshire and Humber

        York Bonfire Night 2021 – November 5

        Crosland Hill, Huddersfield – November 7

        Mirfield Showground, Kirklees – November 6

        Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza, Bradford – November 6

        Fireworks, Bonfire and Family Fun 2021, Humberdale Farm, East Riding – November 5

        The best bonfires in Wales

        Sophia Gardens Firework Display, Cardiff – November -5

        Swansea’s Biggest Firework Display, – November – 5

        Rocket Firework Train, Denbighshire, TONIGHT

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          The best bonfires in Scotland

          Leith Bonfire Night 2021, Edinburgh – November 5

          Edinburgh Bonfire Night 2021, – November 5

          Glasgow Bonfire Night 2021, – November 5

          Bught Park, Inverness, November – 5

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          The best bonfires in the north west in England

          Escape to Freight Island Fireworks, Manchester – November 5

          Fallowfield Bonfire Night 2021, Manchester – November 5

          Dingle Bonfire Night 2021, Liverpool – November 5

          Fleetwood Town FC Firework extravaganza – November 4

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          The best bonfires in the North East of England

          Big Blaze 2021, Newcastle – November 6

          Illuminate the Gardens 2021, Sheffield – November 7

          Finkle & Green's Stockton Firework Display, Stockton-on-Tees – November 7

          Middlesbrough Bonfire Night 2021 – November 5

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          The best bonfires in the East of England

          Cambridge Bonfire Night, – November 5

          Fireworks Fantasia and Halloween Spooktacular, Peterborough – November 6

          Farm Fun & Family Fireworks at Mead Open Farm, Billington, Bedfordshire – November 6

          Ipswich Fireworks Festival 2021 – November 6

          Hunstanton Fireworks Display, Norfolk – November 6

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