The British came up with the Gunpowder Plot, the Chinese came up with fireworks. This year’s Bonfire Night celebration in Oxton is a nod to both, with a modern take on the night of fireworks, fun and all things Guy Fawkes.
On Saturday 3rd November Oxton will be alive with entertainment, excitement and, of course, a bonfire and fireworks display to mark the annual anniversary of Guido Fawkes’ foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
From 6pm, youngsters are invited to bring along their best Jack-o’-Lanterns (carved pumpkin) to be entered into a competition to win one of three prizes. The best pumpkin will win £20, followed by a second prize of £10 and third prize of £5. All the Jacks will be on display in a rogue’s gallery for everyone to see and enjoy.
The tradition of carving jack o’lanterns stems from an Irish myth about ‘Stingy Jack’ who bargained with the devil but was forced to roam the earth with only a burning coal to light his way, which he put into a carved-out turnip. Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern, has been roaming the earth ever since.
Guy Fawkes will top the bonfire as it’s lit at 6.30pm followed by entertainment from the Unique World drummers, some sultry Halloween stilt walkers and, back by popular demand, the fire and light jugglers.
The fireworks display will dazzle the crowds from 7.30pm and the pumpkin competition winners will be announced soon afterwards.
More space has been given over to the sale of hot food and drinks this year by the Toads (Oxton Cricket Club) including traditional mulled wine and Irish coffee to warm your cockles.
Please note that we do not allow people to bring their own alcoholic drinks, fireworks or sparklers into the event.
Also, to allow unrestricted access to the event for emergency vehicles, there will be no parking on the East side of Main Street, between New Road and Blind Lane, between 5.00 pm and 11.00 pm on the evening. We hope that this will not inconvenience residents who normally park on the opposite side of the road. Both public houses in the village have generously agreed to allow visitors to park in their car parks during the evening subject to the proviso that you patronise them afterwards.