Remember, Remember ……. Fireworks Fundraising starts this weekend

Wherever you live, we are sure that you will have a local Fireworks Display available to you over the next week or so.

Many of these displays raise fantastic amounts of money for charity. One such display is our own local event in Shoeburyness, Southend on Sea.

The BIG BEACH BANG, as it is called, is organised by Southend’s Round Table and is at East Beach, Shoeburyness on Saturday 2nd November starting at 7.45pm, gates opening at 5.45pm. Come along early and enjoy the Fun Fair first. Food also available.

In 2018 the event raised in excess of £10,000 for local charities

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display whilst bringing not only your family but the whole community together. Thousands came along last year and we hope that thousands will come along this year. You can help us reclaim that community feeling by being part of an event that really gives back to its local area.

100% of the proceeds from the Big Beach Bang go to local charities; this is because the whole event depends solely on the hard work of volunteers. Every single penny goes back into the community. In the past we have helped Havens Hospices, Essex Air Ambulance, Southend Blind Welfare Organisation, Harp and many more.

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Why Do we have Fireworks and Bonfires on the 5th November ?

Guy Fawkes was born in 1570 into a Protestant family. He later became a Catholic. When James I became King in 1603 Guy Fawkes and other Catholics wanted less persecution, however James I still allowed this to continue. A small band of Catholics led by Robert Catesby plotted to kill the King. Guy Fawkes was invited to join this group as he had experience in working with explosives.

The plan was to blow up the House of Lords when the king came to open Parliament on 5th November 1605. The conspirators hired a cellar and filled it with explosives. Guy Fawkes was selected to light the fuse. The plot was discovered on the 4th November and Guy Fawkes was arrested. He later signed a confession and was sentenced to the traitors death of being hung. However he jumped from the gallows and broke his own neck.

In the UK we celebrate the fact that plot was foiled by lighting bonfires to represent the fact that the king hadn’t been killed and we burn “Guys” or effigies of Guy Fawkes to signify his death. Fireworks are let off to represent the explosives that were never used. All over the country people celebrate with firework displays and bonfire night parties.

Lots of larger events are run  up and down the country to raise money for charity.

Did you know?

  • Fireworks can travel at speeds of 150 mph.
  • The word bonfire originated from the word “banefyre” which was the word for a funeral pyre.
  • The first fireworks originated in the Han Dynasty in China.
  • The Houses of Parliament still get checked in November prior to the state opening of Parliament as a result of the Gunpowder plot.
  • St Peter’s School in York does not celebrate Guy Fawkes night as Guy Fawkes was a former pupil and they refuse to burn his image out of respect for their pupil.