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Epic Firework Stash by Pete

A huge thank you to Pete and Natasha who made their first ever trip to Epic Fireworks HQ, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The lovely couple travelled all the way from the sunny Great Yarmouth and the mammoth round trip journey took just under 8 hours to complete 🙂

Like many of our Epic customers from all over the UK, Pete and Natasha preferred to travel rather than ordering over the internet !

WHY on earth would you do that ???

Well, if you come along to see us you can experience the exceptional customer service that everyone talks about.

You get to see the massive showroom and the FULL epic fireworks range with over 250 products on display.

Have a cuppa with the staff and talk PYRO all day long 🙂

Check out Pete’s cool video below, from when he arrived back in Great Yarmouth with his car boot full of Epic Pyro 🙂

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Sheffield Shows Some Far Eastern Promise

This year, Bonfire Night sees once again the annual After Dark fireworks festival in Sheffield. But, in an attempt to reach out to the hundreds of Chinese speaking students and residents of Sheffield and the University, the advertising includes posters which are also written in Mandarin.

The rationale according to organisers is that the Chinese have a real passion for fireworks (perhaps because they invented them!) and as the area’s, particularly around the University accommodation across the city, have a huge number of Chinese residents. Although the posters will also include English lettering, they are aimed at the mandarin speaking population in particular in and around Shalesmoor, London Road and Netherthorpe.

The After Dark event brings together live music, fun fair and fairground attractions, a HUGE bonfire and a 20-minute firework display in the evening on Bonfire Night, 5th November 2013. Usually attracting around 20,000 people, this is the premier display in the Sheffield Don Valley Bowl calendar.

If you want to have fireworks at home or are planning an event for your local community why not give us a call. Our DIY display packs contain some of the biggest and best pyro that the UK has to offer. They are simple to use and we give full safety instructions, firing order and set up plans for you to follow. We are available 7-days a week on 01226 749587 or via our website www.epicfireworks.com

Have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night.

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Lewes Bonfire Society Carry On Their Traditions

Lewes Bonfire Night 2001

The Lewes Bonfire celebration is the largest event of its kind in the world and held annually on November 5th in the otherwise peaceful county town of Lewes.

The Lewes Bonfire Society has held processions through the Town since the 1800’s when following the dissolution of the earlier Guy Fawkes celebrations by Oliver Crowell 1649 – 1660, they were re-introduced by King Charles II in 1820.  The first recorded parade of Guy Fawkes, enemies etc was in November 1679 when the Pope, Guy Fawkes and others were paraded in picture form on long poles by young armed men in Lewes.

However, the Bonfire Boys of yesteryear were a little over-zealous in their celebrations and they generally deteriorated into fighting and riots and once again, the Police had to redress the balance.

By the 1850’s, celebrations were fully re-introduced in a very similar format to those of today and the parades of the Lewes Bonfire Societies were allowed back on the streets.  The original societies were Lewes Borough and Cliffe and the others, most of which continue to this day were initiated around the late 19th Century.

In 1901, a memorial was erected on Cliffe Hill by public donation to commemorate the 17 Martyrs burned in Lewes for their religious beliefs.  A service of thanksgiving is held annually for the lives lost in the name of religion.

Today, Cliffe Hill (the site of the memorial) is fully floodlit during the Lewes Bonfire celebration parade and the area is treated like a consecrated ground.

Nowadays, 25 to 30 visiting Bonfire Societies from across the County intermingle on the narrow streets of Lewes. Each of the societies begins the event by parading their quarter before joining together for the main ‘street parade’.  They carry burning torches, effigies of the famous and sometimes infamous faces from history including The Pope, Colonel Gadaffi, George Bush and whichever ‘Celebrity’ happens to be hitting the headlines at the time.

As a footnote, this is not a family event where you can pop along for a coke and a candy floss.  It feels almost like a really fancy political march but the history behind it remains fascinating as the gathered societies have a wonderful, if not a particularly safety-conscious time but when all said and done, these are adults exercising their right to free speech and long may it continue.

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