Bonfire Night 2021 – How to protect your dogs plus weather & fireworks events near me TONIGHT & tomorrow

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…

  • Louis Allwood

    Shocking moment fireworks launched towards cops as protesters descend on Parliament

    THIS is the shocking moment fireworks were launched at police as hundreds of anti-Government protesters descended on the streets of London.

    Hordes of anarchists took to Parliament Square donning Guy Fawkes masks and setting off flares amid the Million Mask March.

    In the footage, posted to Twitter, police are seen clashing with protesters as fireworks spiral into the crowd.

    The Met Police confirmed bystanders were "struck" by fireworks and warned of "very serious injuries".

    Nine people were arrested during the protest after five officers were injured, police said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Make sure you follow the right advice (Continued…)

    Myth: The best thing to put on a burn is butter.

    Clive revealed: “Putting butter or margarine on a burn could make the burn even worse as it effectively cooks it.”

    Ice also won’t help – it can actually add a cold burn on top of the hot burn.

    And don’t apply ice either, which can produce a cold burn on top of the hot burn.

    Fact: Place the burned area under running cold water for ten minutes to reduce pain and distress.

    Then wrap it loosely in cling film to reduce the risk of infection, and allow the area to continue cooling.

    “As a general rule, we advise anyone with a deep burn, or larger than a 50p piece to go down to casualty,” says Clive. “If in doubt call NHS direct on 0845 4647.”

    Be extremely careful when using paraffin to light a bonfire…

  • Louis Allwood

    Make sure you have the right advice

    We’ve collated some first aid tips and myths from St John Ambulance trainer Clive James to keep everyone safe this weekend…

    Child choking on a hotdog

    Myth: Put your fingers in their mouth or hang them upside down by their feet.

    Clive said that this could actually make the problem worse, as by putting fingers into the throat could push it down further.

    He said: “Hanging a child upside down is not only can it be very traumatic, it could also result in head injury if the child is dropped.”

    Fact: Stand or kneel behind the child and slap sharply on the back up to five times

    Clive explained: “If back slaps fail, move on to abdominal thrusts, stand or kneel behind the child,  put both arms around them and place one fist between the belly button and the end of the breast bone. 

    “Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. If the child is still choking, call an ambulance and alternate between back blows and thrust until the blockage is removed.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Plotters aims?

    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….

  • Louis Allwood

    Gunpowder ringleader’s descendant is a familiar face

    Actor Kit Harington – who famously played Jon Snow in the hit Game of Thrones – revealed he is actually a direct descendant of Robert Catesby.

    He told how his mother is descended from the plot ringleader, while a relative on his father’s side was in Parliament when Catesby’s head was paraded outside.

    The 34-year-old even later went onto star as Catesby in a BBC One drama series Gunpowder in 2017.

    Kit he said: “When [Catesby’s] head was marched past the houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington on my father’s side, who was in the houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying, ‘He’s an ugly fellow, isn’t he?’. Isn’t that brilliant?”

  • Louis Allwood

    Bonfire horror

    Tyler Norris-Sayers, 15, was at an organised display when a stray rocket exploded in his face, causing his devastating injury.

    The teen may now need a prosthetic eye after his treatment stopped when the country went into lockdown in March 2020 due to Covid, his mum Nicola fears.

    And the 43-year-old is now urging people to wear protective eyewear and clothes to prevent the same thing happening to other families after a five-year ordeal.

    She said: “We have had full confirmation that his eye is lost and that they cannot do anymore to save his sight.

    “This was probably due to the lack of treatment during the pandemic as the focus seemed to be solely on Covid.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Best budget firework list

    This year the big trend is for affordable low noise fireworks, so you can celebrate the big night without the big bang. 

    LOW NOISE:

    Mega Sparklers 10-inch, 5 pack, 50p at Morrisons

    Low Noise Sorcerer Colour Wheels and Roman Candles, £5.99 at Aldi 

    Sparkling Gems Low Noise Fountain 4-Pack, £6 at Morrisons 

    Funky Frog Fountain Box, £10.99 at The Range

    TRADITIONAL:

    Illusion Missile 100 Barrage Shot, £6 at Morrisons

    TNT Magic Selection Box of Fireworks, £6 At Asda

    Standard Fireworks Dyno Rockets, £7.99 at Lidl, or buy three for £20

    Demon Display Pack, £25 at Morrisons

    Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

  • Louis Allwood

    History of 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.

  • Louis Allwood

    Don't waste your time

    BRITS won’t be able to buy their bangers from Sainsbury’s this year.

    The company 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.

    But other supermarkets will still have them on their shelves – here is where to get your hands on some sparklers.

  • Louis Allwood

    Home firework display advice

    Environmental Protection UK has the following advice about home firework displays:

    • Tell your neighbours – and if a neighbour complains that you are disturbing them be considerate
    • Use appropriate fireworks – when buying fireworks, try to avoid noisy ones in sensitive locations
    • Make sure pets and other animals are safely away from fireworks
    • Complete your firework display within the permitted times
    • Avoid letting off fireworks in unsuitable weather
    • Let off your fireworks in an open garden area – noise bounces off buildings and smoke and pollution can build up in enclosed spaces

    Weather report for this evening

    If you're heading out to a Firework display this evening then it might be an idea to keep up to date on the weather.

    The last thing you want is to be stood outside freezing and unprepared.

    There will be some 'spots of light rain in some western areas' but most places will be dry.

    Fireworks begin to pick up

    Bonfire night is well underway with the majority of people setting off fire works tonight.

    With a weekend packed of explosives Blue’s Duncan James reveals top songs to soothe dogs this firework season.

    The popular night is well known for it's stressful impact on pets, with dogs being the most disturbed by the loud noises.

    Dog-lover, Duncan James, has committed to help 'pawrents' around the UK with the launch of a six hour music video.

    The video, called Pet Sounds, has been specially designed to help keep dogs calm when the rockets and roman candles are going off.

    This bespoke video will also offer dog owners top tips on how to keep dogs safe and calm on bonfire night.

    Calls to go green

    Critics claim bonfires are bad for the environment as they release toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

    Susie Giles, secretary of Dulwich Sports Club, which will this year replace the traditional blaze with a big screen TV, said: “Tickets always sell incredibly well and they are again this year.

    “I think people’s focus is on the fireworks which we’ll be holding in full. We normally get around six to seven thousand each year and we’re on track for it again.

    “People are aware it will be an eco-friendly bonfire this year so it doesn’t seem to have put them off.

    “The decision was made by a separate organising committee, but there are some good reasons behind it.”

    London displays

    London and South East

    Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival 2021 – November 6 & 7

    Battersea Park Fireworks Show – November 6 & 7

    Musical Fireworks Display, Wimbledon Park – November 5 & 6

    Lewes Bonfire Celebrations – November 5

    Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular, Maidstone – November 6 & 7

    Hatch Warren Firework Display Extravaganza, Basingstoke – November 6

    Best celebrations near you

    IT’s that time of year again – Bonfire Night is upon us once more and that means fireworks!

    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.

    For our definitive list of the best events across the UK, click here.

    • Louis Allwood

      Struggling with the noise this evening?

      Love the sight of fireworks but hate the noise?

      You may want to consider lobbying your local council to adopt silent sparklers as one Italian town did.

      According to Lonely Planet, Collecchio in the province of Parma, banned noisy fireworks due to concerns about the local fireworks in 2015.

      Fortunately, an Italian company – Setti Fireworks – was on hand and specialising in making SILENT fireworks.

    • Louis Allwood

      Why do we use fireworks and bonfires?

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

      Fireworks are also set off throughout the country – representing the 36 barrels of gunpowder that were never used.

      Traditionally, the yeoman of the guard will 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 actually lead the plot – just got caught red handed.

      The ringleader of the plot was Robert Catesby.

    • Louis Allwood

      Dangers of garden fires

      Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have released a video warning of the dangers of garden fires and how they could even result in prison time.

      In Derbyshire, firefighters were called out to 225 garden fires in this last year, with calls for fire-related incidents increasing substantially around Bonfire Night.

      Steve Ratcliffe, station manager, told Derbyshire Live: “We have seen an increase in garden fires across the whole county.

      “It has been quite a considerable increase and there has been a number of factors behind them. Lockdown through COVID has led a lot more people to be at home and a lot more people to tack garden jobs at home.”

    • Louis Allwood

      What laws are there for fireworks?

      If you prefer to do things yourself, it’s worth taking note of the laws around when it’s legal or illegal to set off fireworks.

      Usually, it’s against the law to set off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am – however, this is relaxed on special occasions.

      For Bonfire Night, the curfew is extended to midnight.

      On New Year’s Eve, it’s legal to set off fireworks until 1am.

    • Louis Allwood

      Tips for asthma sufferers this weekend

      Asthma UK has issued top tips for people with asthma on bonfire night.

      1. Remember, remember… carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times
      2. Take your preventer medicines as prescribed
      3. If you find that smoke is making you cough, stand well back
      4. Make sure you friends and family know what to do and when to get help if your asthma symptoms suddenly get worse
      5. As cold air can be an asthma trigger, wrap a thing scarf loosely over your nose and mouth; this will help to warm up the air before you breathe it in
      6. Visit the Asthma UK website and share ‘what to do in an asthma attack’ with friends and family members

      Read the article in full here.

    • Louis Allwood

      Keep them away from the loud sounds

      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.
      • Louis Allwood

        Savvy potato hack

        BONFIRE night is nearly upon us and a mum has shared her very savvy tip to preventing kids’ fingers getting burned on sparklers.

        Francesca Ross uploaded a photo showing how she sticks potatoes on the end of sparklers for her children to hold instead of the metal end.

        She wrote on the Facebook group Family Lowdown Tips & Ideas: “With bonfire night coming up I thought I'd share the potato trick we just did for the sparklers.

        “Worked amazing for the little toddlers.”

        Her post has racked up over a thousand likes, with one person writing: “Great idea!”

        Another added: “I find carrots and parsnips work best…abit longer and easier for the little 'uns to hold.”

      • Louis Allwood

        A white Bonfire Night?

        TROPICAL Storm Wanda is heading towards Britain and bringing heavy downpours and 70mph winds along with it.

        The 500 mile-wide weather system is currently raging across the Atlantic and is expected to hit the UK by Tuesday.

        Bookies have slashed the odds on this being the coldest November ever to 4/1 from 7/1.

        There’s also a 2/1 shot that we’ll see snow on Bonfire Night.

      • Milica Cosic

        The dangerous first aid ‘advice’ you must ignore (Continued…)

        Burn from lighting bonfire with paraffin

        Myth: The best thing to put on a burn is butter.

        Clive revealed: “Putting butter or margarine on a burn could make the burn even worse as it effectively cooks it.”

        Ice also won’t help – it can actually add a cold burn on top of the hot burn.

        And don’t apply ice either, which can produce a cold burn on top of the hot burn.

        Fact: Place the burned area under running cold water for ten minutes to reduce pain and distress.

        Then wrap it loosely in cling film to reduce the risk of infection, and allow the area to continue cooling.

        “As a general rule, we advise anyone with a deep burn, or larger than a 50p piece to go down to casualty,” says Clive. “If in doubt call NHS direct on 0845 4647.”

        Be extremely careful when using paraffin to light a bonfire…

      • Milica Cosic

        The dangerous first aid ‘advice’ you must ignore

        We’ve collated some first aid tips and myths from St John Ambulance trainer Clive James to keep everyone safe this weekend…

        Child choking on a hotdog

        Myth: Put your fingers in their mouth or hang them upside down by their feet.

        Clive said that this could actually make the problem worse, as by putting fingers into the throat could push it down further.

        He said: “Hanging a child upside down is not only can it be very traumatic, it could also result in head injury if the child is dropped.”

        Fact: Stand or kneel behind the child and slap sharply on the back up to five times

        Clive explained: “If back slaps fail, move on to abdominal thrusts, stand or kneel behind the child,  put both arms around them and place one fist between the belly button and the end of the breast bone. 

        “Pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. If the child is still choking, call an ambulance and alternate between back blows and thrust until the blockage is removed.”

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