Slideshow: ‘Best ever’ bonfire and fireworks in Cowbeech

Vampires, ghouls, mummies and witches were among the crowd of spectactors at Cowbeech Bonfire Society’s annual Guy Fawkes celebrations at the weekend.

The warmest Halloween on record saw a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display light up the skies over Cowbeech on Friday (October 31).

By Sally Wallis

By Sally Wallis

Les Webb, from the bonfire society, said: “The bonfire was lit in spectacular fashion as it had been generously salted with fire crackers that boisterously grabbed your attention every so often and then about an hour later when the blaze had diminished the actual fireworks display began.

“The music from the four huge speakers was resounding but the vivid and remarkable fireworks were even louder and in combination provided an experience that people said was fantastic, incredible, brilliant and the best ever.”

There was a children’s fancy dress competition which recorded the highest ever number of entrants.

Les continued: “The pub car park was brimming with broomsticks and chock-full of magic cloaks with some fearsome pumpkin lanterns looking on. The Cowbeech Bonfire Society applauds the trouble taken and efforts made by all the parents as in reality by maintaining tradition everyone is a winner.”

Crowds then descended on the bonfire field where people munched through the hog roast and barbeque.

The Merrie Harriers staff ran the bar in the bonfire field and managed to sell every last drop of Harveys with just the empty barrels to take back to base at the end of the evening.

Les said: “Many of the volunteers gave up a day’s work to make sure that everything was in place for the main event in the evening so that as much money as possible is raised to support the Cowbeech Bonfire Society’s fund for local good causes.”