For some reason we’ve kept missing all the good firework displays the last few years. Either we’ve been travelling, or we’ve been double-booked to do something else, or we’ve missed seeing that they were on.
So we were really pleased on Saturday to be in the right place at the right time to head to Windermere rugby club for their annual display, which has a reputation for being good. And boy, good it certainly was. We arrived just after 6.30 pm (along with half the rest of south Cumbria by the looks of it) to find a huge bonfire blazing merrily in one corner of the site, as well as stalls doing food, hot drinks, sparklers, and plastic flashy things for the kids.
Dave had hoped to sneak a sausage from the barbecue but the queue was half way round the pitch (and never did seem to go down) so as we’d already eaten he showed great fortitude and managed without.
The fireworks were due to start at 7 pm but there was quite a lengthy delay, possibly because they were still trying to let people in through the main gate. We reckon there could easily have been several thousand attending – quite amazing for a small rugby club in a very small town. It was worth the wait, though, because the display was spectacular. Not quite Madeira at New Year, perhaps, but then few places are. And we more than got our money’s worth with fifteen to twenty minutes of colour, light, and above all noise. Definitely better than scurrying around trying to light Roman Candles and Catherine Wheels one by one with a taper in the back yard!
The only slight fly in the evening’s entertainment was getting back out again. Several thousand people converged on the main gate at once, and the lane outside was completely unlit and partly blocked with cars. One lass had already tripped up and hurt herself, and the scene had all the makings of a nasty stampede. Luckily we got through with nothing worse than a few accidental bruises, but we’re hoping they sort that out for next year because it would be a shame to see such an enjoyable event cancelled as so many others have been.