‘Lack Of Merchandising’ Destroys Guy Fawkes
5th November 2009
Fancy a bit of Catholic-baiting tonight? This is the time to head for Lewes, where you’ll get a chance to chuck fireworks at priests in the ritual that celebrates not just the treasonous Catholic attempt at dynamiting Parliament but also the burning of Protestant martyrs. It’s a bonkers evening, with burning tar barrels tossed into the river and the town’s many bonfire societies blowing up effigies. All very Wicker Man, and a lot more fun than anodyne Hallowe’en, the Hollywood-style kiddie night that has almost completely destroyed Guy Fawkes’ Night.
Retailers say firework sales are down 40%, and blame the trouncing of Guy Fawkes by Hallowe’en on ‘lack of merchandising opportunities’. Clearly it doesn’t matter that centuries of historic celebration have been wiped out in under a decade – it seems if you can’t shop for it, we don’t want it.
Personally speaking I miss chucking bangers through my gran’s toilet door, but maybe that’s just me.