Bonfire Night

Little Hope's traditional Bonfire Night was cancelled by the Village Council on the outbreak of war on the grounds that the annual pile of smouldering leaves and gently glowing hedgehogs could be seen from the cockpit of a  Junkers 88 at 20,000 feet and would be ideal target practice for the Luftwaffe.  Peeved, but determined to win the war at all costs, the villagers more or less complied, with one or two exceptions. 

 

With Percy Fishwick (who could hoot like an owl at the drop of a hat) positioned as a lookout at the vicarage gates, the Rev Fishwick, Mrs Fox, Agnes Lockheart and Violet Millington made merry with a sparkler each round the back of the outside privy...

Everything was going swimmingly until Mrs Fox's dangling muff began to smoulder...

'Now would be the perfect time for an enemy parachutist to drop in', thought Aubrey rather uncharitably...

A flash of light and it all came flooding back to Agnes - the smell of the crowd and the roar of the greasepaint and she was away...

Everyone knew what was coming next - the Fire Eating demonstration...

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