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A Very Special 'Bonfire Night'

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24 January 2005

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I was eleven years old when the war ended. During the war, two what looked like 'large fireworks' appeared in the spare bedroom. I was told not to touch them. When the war ended and all the victory celebrations were happening, it was decided to let these fireworks off. My dad put one in the middle of the rose bed which had been turned into a vegetable patch (Dig for victory) and pulled the tab on the side. The result was amazing. It gave off an intense white light which lit up the whole of Emery Avenue. My dad was pacing up and down worried silly in case the police came. The other rocket miraculously disappeared and the next morning there was a big crater left in the garden.

Another memory was of going to school. I went to Friarswood Junior school and had to cross Keele Road to get there. We used to hope that there would be a convoy of army vehicles coming along the road that would hold us up and then we could dawdle - it was a good excuse for being late!

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