Celebrating Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday under Lockdown

Press Release

Published on 3 November 2020

Remembrance Sunday

Those Remembrance ceremonies going ahead will be limited to those participating and so people are instead being asked to follow these online where possible and encouraged to take part in a national moment of silence at 11am as the annual Cenotaph ceremony takes place. 

Residents can also still support the Poppy Appeal by buying their poppy online at: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/shop/poppies-by-donation

Bonfire Night

Organised firework displays are not taking place this year and the risk of accidents from fires and fireworks is much higher than usual. Residents are therefore being urged to find online alternatives to the celebrations instead. Where they do plan to have their own celebrations, they are advised to observe the firework code:

  • only buy fireworks which comply with the British Standard 
  • only adults should set fireworks off - only people aged 18 and over can legally buy fireworks 
  • follow the instructions on each firework 
  • always supervise children around fireworks and sparklers  
  • never go back to a lit firework  
  • don't let off fireworks after 11pm (midnight on Bonfire Night) 

Many fireworks on sale to the public are too powerful for the average sized garden and should only be used in large gardens or in fields. Trading Standards suggest that before you buy, take advice from the firework retailer about safe distances, instructions on how to use and the ideal firework size for your garden. Category F1 and F2 fireworks are ideal for garden displays, noise levels are lower for these products and they can be used in smaller gardens. 

More guidance around fire safety and the firework code can be found on our website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/celebratesafely

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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