The firework display and entertainment was organised by the Aberdeen Council to celebrate Guy Fawkes’s Day, yesterday at 6.30 pm. The event took place on Beach Boulevard starting with fire jugglers and the charity fire walks and followed by a firework show.
The roads leading to the beach were closed from 5.30pm until 9pm. It made the event safer for pedestrians to get to the beach and return at night. Food, drinks and light-up toys were available at the stalls set up on the roads leading to the display.
The fireworks show started at 7.30 pm with 'The Greatest Show' from The Greatest Showman. The display was colourful and matched the speed and the design with the songs playing in the background. Through Harry Potter, Dirty Dancing and many more, ending with Skyfall, there was something for everyone’s liking. With the well-known music and the creative use of fireworks the crowd was left amused after the show.
The tradition of Bonfire Night dates back to the events of 1605 when a plot was set up to blow up King James I and his government. It was named the Gunpowder Plot and happened on the 5th of November. A man called Guy (Guido) Fawkes was included in the plan which failed and the conspirators were executed.
This holiday is in place to remember “Guy” who was an enemy to the country. It was illegal not to celebrate the Bonfire Night up until 1959. With fireworks not being allowed during both World Wars due to not giving away people’s settlements, the event was celebrated indoors.
This year’s Bonfire Night in Aberdeen had a massive turn out from the public and the careful use of fire ended in a great success. The tradition creates a great opportunity to bring people together and have fun with friends and family.