Haslemere Educational Museum
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Track 9 Bonfire

Credit line: Andrew White talks about going to a local bonfire night festival.


Interviewee: What was I talking about? Oh yes, bonfire night. And they would drag all this wood, a huge pile we used to have on the swings, playground site at Border Road. And Bill Bridges’ father, gosh, he used to get a can of paraffin, get it going, it used to be hell of a bonfire. But it was a real street affair. People didn’t tend to have little bonfires in their own gardens, everybody was in on this thing. But I don’t remember there being any great celebrations around the bonfire, or singing or mulled wine or cups of tea or anything, but we had a whale of a time with it, and it really was an annual event.