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It’s BACK!! – Once again this year the delightful City of Manchester will be ringing in the New Year in style, with another superb firework display; this family-friendly event has music from 10.30pm onwards and a countdown at midnight before a spectacular firework display is launched from the back of the iconic Manchester Cathedral. As it is a family-friendly event, there will be no alcohol, no bar, and no drinks allowed.

Generally, the event is well supported with thousands in attendance but having moved from Albert Square to Piccadilly Gardens and now onto Deansgate, you can be forgiven for getting a little dizzy! Pat Carney, Councillor, has confirmed that this move is only temporary whilst the refurbishments take place to the Town Hall and surrounding buildings.

You can eat out according to your budget and taste all over the City and beyond. For Gin lovers, there is a beautiful 18th-century coaching house that has 1300 different gin’s (yeeha) The Old Bell Inn at Delph (just outside Oldham). You can eat in the brasserie (less formal with a selection of ‘bar meals’) or in the main restaurant where traditional fayre awaits whilst you make your way through the gin list!  This place is still a little outside of the City but being only 30-mins away, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch. If you want to stay put, the New Year’s eve (festive menu) is packed with delicious morsels like a starter of ham and black pudding spring rolls with pea puree and a fried duck egg or how about delicious hot smoked salmon with baby beetroots, a goats cheese bon-bon and dressed mixed leaves.

Head into the City for choices galore whether you want a traditional Steak (get to Hawksmoor – reviews have this beating the usual Gauchos etc) or a delicious Pizza (Cibo – pronounced Cheebo) three courses on New Year’s Eve is just £40 per person which I think is exceptional value for money and they are even offering entertainment.

Whether you are planning to stay over in one of the huge numbers of hotels in the City (which I have to say are very reasonably priced) or live around Manchester, get along and show your support.

If you would much rather stay at home and entertain family and friends, fireworks will be the perfect close to the occasion and we have single ignition barrages (firework cakes which you light once and then get to a safe distance to enjoy) starting from around £10 to a huge suitcase-sized compound cake (several smaller cakes fused together to give a show lasting anything from 1 ½ – almost 3 minutes) at £332.50. We can deliver to ANY UK MAINLAND address – we can even get fireworks to freight forwarders in Glasgow to get them over to the Islands off Scotland.

Check out the cakes and barrages for yourself.



This weekend, Saturday 16th November, see’s the last of the public holidays by the famous Bonfire Societies taking place (the final ones for Robertsbridge, Barcombe, and Hawkhurst are ‘invitation only’ events).

The Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society has over 400 members and they continue the tradition of torchlit processions which began with just two men, who had suffered the indignity of having their Bonfires destroyed before the 5th 1967.  They decided that they would band together, create a new bigger Bonfire and invited 40 friends and family to take part in the first torchlit processions.

Each of the SBS (Sussex Bonfire Societies) has its own set of ‘costumes’.  The Nevill Juvenile societies are Suffragettes, early 20th century military uniforms and medieval dress.

Although the Nevill society is termed as a ‘juvenile’ society, the members are of all ages and backgrounds.  Their ethos is to build on the community spirit and primarily to get the youngsters away from their electronic devices into the fresh air, learn skills that have been taught from father and grandfather to son and daughter through the years as well as having a good time.

The most famous (or infamous as the case might be!) of the SBS is Lewes Borough.  They ALWAYS hold their event on the 5th November and are generally joined by the representatives from Commercial Square, Cliffe, South Street, Southover and Waterloo societies.

Each of them creates a Guy Fawkes with a difference that is more of an effigy, usually representing something in the media which has caused some drama along the way.  Previous examples have been Wayne Rooney (amid allegations about his private life and of course his U-turn on his football contract), Katie Hopkins (the very opinionated woman who spouts drivel in the press at every given opportunity) and even Donald Trump has come under fire (or on top of the fire, depending on your viewpoint).  This year’s effigy of note was of the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson urinating on newspapers aboard a Brexit rollercoaster and one about the charge for the TV licence fee re-introduction for the over 75’s.

Firecrackers, torches, burning tar barrels, a huge bonfire, and spectacular fireworks are the order of the day.  Over at Edenbridge Bonfire Society, they are set to set fire to an effigy of the speaker of the House John Bercow.

It is not as over-crowded as the more publicised one at Lewes but it certainly gets you out of the house to celebrate an event which has been taking place since the introduction of the Act of Parliament in the earliest part of the 17th century.  Indeed, the Bonfire Societies, whilst indelibly connected to the occurrences of the 5th November 1605, were actually set up in the middle of the 16th century, as a result of the slaying of several local men (and women) who were accused of heresy because of the ever-changing Catholic-Church of England power struggle at the hands of Queen Mary I.


Easter Celebrations In Greece

While here in the UK we have already got the Easter celebrations out of the way the Christian Orthodox countries such as Greece are just about to begin theirs this weekend.

The reason behind the delay in the Easter celebrations is because of the difference in the calendars that they follow. In a lot of the eastern Christian countries, they follow the Julian calendar opposed to the Gregorian calendar which is widely used by most countries today. It is not only Greece that celebrates Easter a little later but Russia as well as other Balkan, middle eastern and former Soviet countries.

Easter in the UK is celebrated with eggs whether they be chocolate, soft/hard boiled, poached or any other way. You may attend a church service or just make it a day for family and friends. If you wonder why Lamb is the main feature for meals around Eastertime this is because according to Apostle, Jesus was the lamb of god. Eggs represent the symbol of new life or the emergence of Jesus from the tomb and in Greece, they paint eggs a red colour to represent the blood from Christ’s tomb. Church services begin on Good Friday 26th April 2019, and on this day tend to have a more sombre affair to them, flags at half-mast and a few bells ringing to represent Christ’s passing.

In Greece and other countries, they still follow similar Easter celebrations but with the addition of getting out the fireworks and homemade bombs and even in some cases nearly setting the town on fire in the name of tradition.

Easter on Chios

The Saturday in western Christianity Is the day where the main celebrations are. “Holy Saturday” is the most important and takes place around midnight. When finished church bells ring out, fireworks and crackers are released all over towns and villages to mark the resurrection. Also, on the Holy Saturday, you will find another explosive celebration taking place on the tiny island of Chios – known to many as rouketopolemos or rocket wars. This annual tradition takes place in the town of Vrontado, along with two rival parishes that live on the opposite sides of the hills in the town. After the announcement of the resurrection is made thousands of rockets are then released from the two villages aiming for the bell tower of each other’s churches. The next day is when the successor is decided by how many hits, each year both congregations decide they are the winners, agree to disagree so they can prepare and do it all again next year.

In Kalamata the city in Southern Greece Easter is celebrated with a re-enactment of Greece pushing back against the Turkish army in the revolution. They did this with homemade IEDs to scare away the horses. It takes place on the Sunday evening when gangs on each side re-enact the battle in traditional costumes, the making of the IED is a family fun ritual and they start as early as Christmas producing these, even younger members of the family take part in the celebration with smaller sparklers.

Not only explosive action takes place in Samos, a Greek island just off the Turkish mainland for Easter but this is also a celebration for when Greece gained independence from the Ottoman empire. Thousands of artillery shells are filled with gunpowder and placed on slopes all around the village which has taken place for over 100 years known as the custom of the rifles. Easter Sunday is when they are lit and set off creating a bellow of smoke and constant explosions a spectacular thing to watch.

Here are just a few examples of how you can celebrate your extended Easter weekend a little different to ours here in the UK. if you are lucky enough to be anywhere near here over the holidays why not witness some of the extraordinary celebrations first hand and get that little bit of a pyro fix early.