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Fun at the fireworks

November 11, 2010

On Saturday evening we decided to head into Winchester to join in with the candlelit procession and firework display. Usually, we go to one at Dale’s work but they stopped it a couple of years back. We got the train, which was packed, but the girls love a train journey, and judging by the traffic in Winchester it was a wise move!

We headed down the high street where they were selling the candles or ‘fire sticks’ as the girls called them. Then we listened to the band for a bit before lighting ours. It was very amusing to watch Faith’s face as she shouted, “Fire! Fire!” at the top of her voice!

Despite the worry of her setting us on fire, we let Grace have a turn holding the candle before the procession set off. She looks a little like she’s ready to run someone out of town!

As the procession headed back up the high street it was quite an amazing site. The street was absolutely packed full of people holding candles and as the light reflected off the shop windows it looked quite magical. Finally we headed down to the leisure centre to watch the fireworks, where it seemed even more packed. Too packed for my liking.

After a shaky start from Faith, the girls enjoyed the firework display, which lasted for quite a while. Then we had run the scrum again to leave and wait for ages to get a train back! It was a great evening but I think next year I might be tempted just to go for the procession and skip the fireworks, it was a tad too busy for me!

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  1. November 11, 2010 12:37 pm

    I love the fireworks in Winchester. My tip for avoiding the big crowds is to skip the procession and head in via Hyde/Abbots Barton and stand near the rugby club. You are closer to the action but away from the hoards. If you then leave the same way it is hard to get to the station either. I’m looking forward to the lantern parade before Christmas, that was spectacular last year, might even make a lantern and take part this time!

    • amylane permalink*
      November 11, 2010 12:44 pm

      Thanks for the tip, I shall remember that for next year. Lantern parade sounds fun 🙂

  2. November 11, 2010 4:40 pm

    I love a lantern parade, it looks fantastic

    • amylane permalink*
      November 11, 2010 5:17 pm

      It was lovely, and now Kat tells me there is another one for Christmas – yippee! 🙂

  3. November 11, 2010 6:46 pm

    Nice to see the photos of the procession. We went to see the fireworks too, but from the top of St Catherine’s Hill, where there were quite a few people. It was really nice and we had a great view.

    It was spoilt a bit at the end though, as some people started setting fireworks off from on the top of the hill and way too close to families with children (it was pitch dark, so hard to see where people were). So we beat a hasty retreat back down.

    • amylane permalink*
      November 11, 2010 7:31 pm

      We heard a few people saying they might head to St. Catherine’s Hill to watch the fireworks, shame some people ruined it. Procession was lovely, I enjoyed it more than the fireworks, I think.

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