Rain greeted my arrival at the Gee Cross scout hut on the 4th November. It’d been a good ten years since my previous bonfire, but the memory of rain on that evening too was still vivid as ever. I must put a few quid on it raining over the next Guy Fawkes weekend too.
Thankfully however, the rain stopped just as the bonfire was due to be lit. Some luck at last! Visitors started to pile in to the field, with lovely hot soup, burgers and chips, tea and coffee from the refreshment tent just in time for the fireworks display to begin.
As the fireworks came to an end, the crowd moved on up to the bonfire, which was well underway by this point to warm their fingers and toes as the early November air began to chill. If there is one community in society that knows how to do a fire, it is the scouts. The safety barriers were left untested, as people stood back due to the intensity of the heat!