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Liz’ Bonfire


Her Royal Highness the Queen, will be approving the lighting of a bonfire on our glorious heath, around 10pm on Monday 4th June on the Heath. Be there or be republican…

As spotted by The Blackheath Society, who will fix their root redirects to “www” soon I’m sure…

Photo of what might be Banksy from here, from a Pound shop in Turnpike Lane, nowhere near Blackheath.

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Blackheath Fireworks 2010 Roundup

So yet again, Bugle-Dad-birthday (and a wedding to attend) meant that Mr & Mrs Bugle could not, and possibly will never manage to attend the biggest and best fireworks display held in their back garden (almost). So instead, to compensate I have re-lived the event by tragically staring into my laptop screen, whilst waving a sparkler. More below:

Lovely high definition video of the fireworks, from a Nokia phone (youtube user macintoshmorrisson)

An historical perspective on bonfire night in Blackheath from Andreas Moser, with links to more youtube videos.

“As far as I am aware, this is the only country that annually celebrates the failure of an assassination attempt on its head of state.”

When you put it like that, it does sound a bit odd…

Another HD video of the fireworks (no point in watching them at a lower rate!)

Great photo by Liam Hayter. Makes me wish I’d been there.

dclovell on twitter:

Blackheath fireworks were great. Lewisham Council showed Greenwich how to do it: big, not too long, no awful music. http://yfrog.com/eqt1hfj

Perry Luke on twitter:

All of Blackheath is engulfed in a thick low-lying smoke. Quite amazing, feels like a film set.

AnnaBucks on Twitter:

Blackheath fireworks. The best thing Lewisham Council does. http://twitpic.com/34joan

Apart from, you know, the schools, hospitals, GPs, libraries, etc etc :)

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Blackheath Fireworks VIP ticket goes for £1k on eBay

So now we know. The final bid for the Blackheath Fireworks VIP ticket was £1000. Placed by the mysterious “0***o” (an anonymous name given by eBay) on October 28th at 7:21am, the user has 0% positive feedback, so let’s just hope it’s not a spoof account. In the meantime, I’m personally looking forward to the bidding for the “pay to get your wheelie-bins left back where you put them” auction. Should be a corker.

Item number: 330487371384
Item title: START BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS + VIP EXPERIENCE FOR TEN
Winning bid: £1,000.00
Reserve met
Bidders: 13
Bids: 64
Time Ended: 31-Oct-10 17:36:43 GMT
Duration: 10 days
Info This item has ended.
Only actual bids (not automatic bids generated up to a bidder’s maximum) are shown.
Automatic bids may be placed days or hours before a listing ends.
Bidder Member Id: 0***o ( 1 )
Bid Amount £1,000.00
Bid Time 28-Oct-10 07:21:03 BST

Bidding Details

Bidder Information
Bidder: 0***o ( 1 )
Feedback: 0% Positive
Item description: Item Title: START BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS + VIP EXPERIENCE FOR TEN
Bids on this item: 1

30-Day Summary
Total bids: 1
Items bid on: 1
Bid activity (%) with this seller: 100% Help
Bid retractions: 0
Bid retractions (6 months): 0

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Blackheath Fireworks eBay bids ending in an hour…


So the great Lewisham Council eBay experiment ends in just under an hour. It’s currently up at £1000. What do you think the end price will be? Correct answer gets a damp squib… Graph above by me, based on my dodgy data munging here.

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Best Blackheath Fireworks Video…

Without doubt, the best video from the Blackheath Fireworks by Henry, below. Make sure you press the “HD” button, and watch on fullscreen.

It doesn’t need the music though! We need some binaural recordings with two little mics in your ears! Stick some headphones on, and listen to these binaural fireworks in Helsinki!

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Blackheath Fireworks photo gallery

Fireworks gallery by Tristan Wallace on Flickr
Great set of photos of the fireworks on Flickr by Tristan Wallace.

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Fireworks from the rooftop


Michael sent a link to this video of the Blackheath Fireworks, filmed from his rooftop.

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Transpontine, E. Nesbit, Blackheath and Fireworks

Fireworks being prepared on Blackheath by twitter user niponravel
Fireworks being prepared on Blackheath – photo by twitter user niponravel

Interesting piece by Transpontine on E. Nesbit (author of The Railway Children), who spent some time living in Blackheath.

Yet again I won’t seeing Blackheath’s fireworks. I’ve never seen them, as BugleDad’s birthday is this time of year. If anyone can think of a convincing argument for Blackheath’s fireworks over Epsom‘s, I’d love to hear it- god knows I’ve tried everything I can think of!

As simonj007 pointed out, there are expected to be 65,000 people at the Blackheath Fireworks, so best turn up early, and think of an ingenious exit strategy at the end! The council’s official page on the fireworks is here. It starts at 8pm.

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Blackheath Fireworks Night 2009!

UPDATE: Normally I’d suggest my Map of Parking in Blackheath, but with 65,000 people predicted, it’s probably better to leave the car at home.

Hello, back finally! Here’s the latest missive from the council about the fireworks on Saturday 7 November at 8pm, complete with a map!
Blackheath Fireworks Map 2009

The Blackheath fireworks display is always a popular event with local residents although last year we received several complaints that roads closed and the firing zone had changed without sufficient advanced information. We have had meeting with the organisers and hope this year communications with local residents will be better.

It is one of the most dazzling displays in London, bringing colour and light to the skies of Lewisham and Greenwich. This year’s event, which is free, will be held on Saturday 7 November at 8pm. It will be a full 30 minutes long and will feature a vast array of fireworks in a dazzling range of colours, set perfectly to music. International food and drink will be available throughout the evening so you can make a night of it.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable evening (please take care of your pets on the evening and ensure they are safe)

Here are a few reminders before you come:

* It is illegal to bring your own fireworks (including sparklers) onto the heath
* Prince of Wales Road will be closed on the 6 and 7 November; other road closures will apply only on the 7 November
* Leave your car at home – there is no parking on the heath and traffic enforcement is in operation in surrounding roads. Only Blue Badge Holders can park at the event. Many roads in the area will be closed from mid afternoon.
* Do not buy items, especially fireworks, from unauthorised traders who may operate at the event. Illegal traders sell unchecked merchandise that may be dangerous.

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Rockets over Blackheath

A couple of videos showing the Blackheath fireworks… Shame I couldn’t make it. I was knee deep in mud at the Brockham Bonfire… Very soggy.

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