Wee Toon re­mem­bers the gun­pow­der plot

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Words and pho­to­graph Han­nah O’Han­lon ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

A ded­i­cated con­tin­gent of Camp­bel­town firefighters made sure Guy Fawkes Night went off with a bang. It is per­haps more fit­ting that the fire­works dis­play was held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 5, ex­actly 413 years since the failed gun­pow­der plot of 1605, af­ter Satur­day’s bon­fire and fire­works were can­celled. Or­gan­ised by Camp­bel­town Fire Sta­tion in con­junc­tion with Dal­in­to­ber and Mil­l­knowe Ten­ants As­so­ci­a­tion and Camp­bel­town Coast­guard, the bon­fire was set to light up Kin­loch Green. How­ever, with a ‘hor­ren­dous’ weather fore­cast pre­dict­ing heavy rain and strong winds for Satur­day, and af­ter con­sult­ing har­bour mas­ter Stephen Scally, the event was can­celled. Watch com­man­der Ron­nie Souden told the Courier that the de­ci­sion was not taken lightly, and great at­tempts were made to make sure the word got out, so no one was left dis­ap­pointed. De­ter­mined not to let the thou­sands of pounds worth of fire­works go to waste, firefighters de­cided to hold the event on Mon­day night in­stead. Due to work com­mit­ments, the bon­fire could not be as­sem­bled on Mon­day, so the fire­works, re­leased from the New Quay, were the sole re­minder of Mr Fawkes’ at­tempt to blow up the House of Lords. Hun­dreds of peo­ple wrapped up and ven­tured out into the cold, windy night, lin­ing the Es­planade and Old Quay to watch the im­pres­sive dis­play.

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Hun­dreds of peo­ple wrapped up and ven­tured out into the cold, windy night, lin­ing the Es­planade and Old Quay to watch the im­pres­sive dis­play.

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