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    Default Bonfire night

    as it is almost that time of year again i was thinking back to when i was a kid, we used to make a guy , we used a pair of tights stuffed with newspaper for the head and legs , and a jumper tied at the wrists stuffed with newspaper too .then he usually had a jacket and trousers on, we used to take him to the neighbours and get pennies (penny for the guy) and also sit on the end of our banjo with him then after he used to go on the bonfire,
    we used to have a few fireworks the catherine wheel never used to work lol,
    and mum used to make savoury suprise (she got the recipe from blue peter) it was sliced potatoe and onions i think there might of been some milk? and topped with cheese in a casserole and then in the oven for hours, she used to do jacket potatoes too in the oven so the skins where hard,
    can anyone else remember making guys??
    and does anyone still make them with their children ?
    or was it just the 70's and 80's era?
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    Oh yes Jolima ! We had lots of fun as kids making the Guy much the way you did, then we'd take it to the top of our street at it's junction with the main road and sit waiting for people to come past on their way from the factories. I live in the Potteries, so when I was a little girl there were loads of PotBanks in the area. Later in the evening we'd move the Guy to the outside of our local - a very small pub just opposite our house, and wait for the slightly squiffy old men to come out and give us coppers.

    All the neighbourhood kids would use the same bonfire built on the 'Marl Hole' A large open space that was used to tip waste from the factories. The annual 'Wakes' (fair) was held there too. The bonfire was HUGE !! And everyone took their few fireworks with them and all the Dads had great fun setting them off for us. Hey Ho ! Those were the days
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    We also made a Guy to burn(using mum's american tan tights) on the Bonfire as kids, we had quite a big fire at the bottom of our garden, we would go wood collecting a few weeks before, then the Guy would take position on top.
    All the family and neighbours kids would come to us with their fireworks to be set off, I can just smell it now. We would have Jacket potatoes, cheese and beans, to warm us up.
    I look back on Bonfire night with fond memories, we also did out share of "Penny for the Guy", spending hours on the bus stop.
    We don't make one with our children as our gardens not big enough for a fire, we do however have a few fireworks with all the family at mum's house.

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    I also remember getting up the next morning and collecting all the spent shells of the fire works, not sure why LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by huggie74 View Post
    I also remember getting up the next morning and collecting all the spent shells of the fire works, not sure why LOL
    LOL now that you mention it i remember doing that too but same as you Not sure why hee hee
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    Just re read your Leader Jolima and yes, there are still Guys out there on the streets ! I work at the Co-op near to where I live and as we speak there is a gang of three small boys of about 10 outside the main door with theirs !
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    Quote Originally Posted by huggie74 View Post
    I also remember getting up the next morning and collecting all the spent shells of the fire works, not sure why LOL
    I did that too, think i liked the smell of them.
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    What a Generation

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    I grew up in the middle of the countryside...we had a 'farm' of sorts....and every year we had the BEST bonfires...plenty of trees/bushes to be cleared & burnt

    we always had soup, bangers mash & beans...then bonfire toffee & Parkin

    and 'cos the land was so flat in our area, we could see all the other bonfires in the distance....like beacons of old

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    Quote Originally Posted by huggie74 View Post
    I also remember getting up the next morning and collecting all the spent shells of the fire works, not sure why LOL
    I mentioned this to a workmate the other day and he did it too. There was definitely a oneupmanship in who could find the most (or the most complete) shell the next day.

    On the night itself we'd also go around and down all the local alleyways to see if we could catch a glimpse of other people's displays!

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