I haven’t done Parish News for ages – sorry. Much of it is to do with getting a pile of indecipherable press releases (artistic endeavours are worst for this – I get three pages of gush, but have no idea what the project actually is…) or things that need lots of processing, but most of it is just time – I don’t have it any more.

But I do need to tell you about the fireworks that will be tonight and tomorrow, and then in Woolwich on Saturday and Sunday.

They’re for the tall ships that are giving trips to well-heeled visitors at the moment, last for about 10 minutes and if they’re anything like last night’s offering – didn’t have my camera, so I have no pics – will be very sparkly indeed.

They’re launched from a barge in the middle of the river, just outside the Kings Steps at the Old Royal Naval College at 9.15, but I don’t think that standing at the ORNC is the best place. I’d recommnend nipping through the foot tunnel and standing by the edge of Island Gardens so you get the ORNC in the background along with the eerie sight of tall ships passing through wafts of firework smoke. I have to admit I was thinking of the sails with all those stray sparks around, but I’m sure they’ve thought of that. Haven’t they…

Word to the wise with small people – for some reason last night was very loud – seemingly louder than usual, There were a lot of terrified children who cried, screamed and grizzled throughout and not with pleasure.

6 Comments to “Fireworks”

  1. Izzyrocks says:

    Yup, I was surprised at just how loud they were. Just off Royal Hill, my flat actually vibrated. All the dogs in the vicinity were seriously unhappy. At least I’ll know to expect tonight – and thanks for the advice re the foot tunnel, Phantom. Might just try it.

  2. Franklin says:

    I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but the bloody fireworks last night woke up our children and terrified the cat.

    Is it really appropriate to have a fireworks display on a Wednesday night? And at 915pm, when children are asleep? And for nothing more than Greenwich Council’s self-aggrandisement?

    More to the point, is this a good use of the Council’s famously limited funds, when Greenwich refuses to stump up for its share of the (wildly popular) Blackheath bonfire night fireworks?

  3. I assumed that the Tall Ships paid for the fireworks, rather than Greenwich Council, I’d be cross if the council paid for them. But oh, boy, they WERE loud…

  4. Franklin says:

    Prepare to get cross.

    The Council has kindly replied to my tweet to them on this: “Fireworks funded as part of the Royal Greenwich festival, a wide prog of events organised by Royal Borough”

    So, we’re paying to entertain corporate hospitality guests on private trips up the river, but we’re not paying for the Blackheath fireworks.

    Welcome to the People’s Republic…

  5. Darryl says:

    I guess it’s all part of Greenwich Council’s plan to bag the Tall Ships Race for the borough.

    I’d imagine that’s at least £100,000 up in smoke – a handy help for Sail Royal Greenwich, a private company based in Greenwich Council’s suite of offices at Mitre Passage, by the Dome.

  6. Nathan says:

    From the same council who refuse to support the fireworks at Blackheath??