As saying goes, there’s no smoke without fire

Withy Trees in Fulwood, grandma mending pants and the  R.N.L.I at work

Withy Trees in Fulwood, grandma mending pants and the R.N.L.I at work

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Saturday of this week sees Bonfire Night, and no doubt it brings back many memories of fireworks, toffee, and of course hot pot or burnt potatoes from round street bonfires in days gone by.

Our gang, around Victoria Street in Preston, having collected for the guy for a month before, used the half-term school holiday to hire a cart from the blacksmith and go up to the area beyond Withy Trees in Fulwood in search of bonfire timber, hence my first nostalgic picture today (above).

Withy Trees in Fulwood, grandma mending pants and the  R.N.L.I at work

Withy Trees in Fulwood, grandma mending pants and the R.N.L.I at work

We stored it with as much brushwood as would fit in, down the lobbies between and back yards of our terrace houses.

When I think now of the fire risk, the mind boggles.

Now of course such practices are against the law and have been succeeded by centrally organised bonfires as in Garstang, Longridge, Ribchester and so many other local areas, together with firework displays.

So why and what of my second picture? (right)

Withy Trees in Fulwood, grandma mending pants and the  R.N.L.I at work

Withy Trees in Fulwood, grandma mending pants and the R.N.L.I at work

It is of a grandma doing an instant repair to torn pants.

When you went bonfire collecting you were almost sure to tear your jacket or pants and needed grandmas help before mum and dad got home to see the damage

As to the weather. If it rained on the night you had your bonfire on the first dry night afterwards.

Now to history. It was on this day in 1976 that Jimmy Carter was elected president of the USA and also on this day in 1982 that Channel 4 began its programme transmission.

You may well ask why my third picture today (left), that of a lifeboat?

This is to mark the fact it was on this day in 1785 that Lionel Lurkin launched what he described as the “unsinkable lifeboat”.

Let us never forget the vital work even today of the RNLI including the work it does around our own coastline.