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Bridgwater Carnival
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Squibbing

Squibbing
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These fireworks know locally as Squibbs are unique to Bridgwater Carnival. www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk
The Squibs are attached to a block on the end of a long pole ( known as a cosh) which when lit from a flame in the road are held above the head, Between 150 and 200 people take part in the event which stretches the length of the High street.
This image shows a part of around 60 people who took part in the Christmas lights switch on.
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© copyright 2014, All rights reserved, Image may not be used without my explicit written permission

Andrew Marshall, Petar Bojić, LotharW, Odile and 46 other people have particularly liked this photo


72 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Fire exceptional fireworks but it is on the joy and happiness are associated.
Good Sunday.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Very kind Malik, Many thanks
5 years ago.
 paddypix
paddypix
I never knew that...great to see these local traditions going on still///////a squibbulous image, Roger !
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to paddypix
Thank you Paddy, The tradition carries on even after hundreds of years, The Squibs used to be home made but thankfully they are specially made for the carnival now.
5 years ago.
 slgwv
slgwv club
The helmets look like a good idea! ;)
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to slgwv club
They sure are, thanks for the visit.
5 years ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
This is a fantastic low light photo, Roger....love it!
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Diana Australis club
Thank you Diana, Had to nip into the thick of sparks to grab the shot
5 years ago.
 Colin
Colin
Very interesting image and information Roger.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Colin
Thank you Colin, a tradition that hopefully will never die.
5 years ago.
 Michelle Chouchou
Michelle Chouchou club
Muy original!!!
5 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Very kind, thank you
5 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Stunning capture!

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5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to William Sutherland club
Many thanks William, much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent work!
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Mitch Seaver
Many thanks Mitch, appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Spectacular (nice info too, never heard of it).
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you Japp, Bridgwater carnival is one of Europe's best kept secrets it appears.
5 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
An outstanding photo viewed in Street Live!
www.ipernity.com/group/343457
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you William.
5 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Wonderful capture.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Don Sutherland club
Many thanks Don, appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU… club
a genial, catching eyes picture !!!
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Nora Caracci VERY BU… club
Thank you Nora very much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU… club
5 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Awesome shot!!!

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5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to sasithorn_s club
Very much appreciated,
5 years ago.
 Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879 club
So fascinating and unique, and what an awesome shot!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the story!
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Puzzler4879 club
Tank you for the kind comments, very much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
That is unusual! Beautiful shot, Roger.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to RHH club
Many thanks Ron, a long running tradition.
5 years ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Super!!
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Helena Ferreira club
Thank you Helena.
5 years ago.
 natur' ELLE
natur' ELLE club
super capture ! ************
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to natur' ELLE club
Very kind Annick thank you.
5 years ago.
 Marcello Ciappi
Marcello Ciappi
I do like..... Well done my friend!!
Have a great new week.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Marcello Ciappi
Thank you Marcello I had to get into the sparks for the shot.
5 years ago.
 pajmcb
pajmcb
Wow! Beautifully captured and composed, Roger.
Stunning image.
Congrats on explore.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to pajmcb
Many thanks Pete very much appreciated, A great local tradition.
5 years ago.
 Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Very interesting fireworks show ! Congrats on Explore !
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Swetlana Hasenjäger
Many thanks Swetlana, much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
Excellent ! +++++++++++
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Betty【ツ】 club
Thank you Betty very much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Wow, what a cool moment
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Fantasyfan
Thank you Sanna, much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
Never heard about that either ...
A fantastic spectacle really !
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
Thank you Christiane, the tradition possible goes back to the 1600's but in 1716 a local squib manufacturer was killed by an explosion in his factory so we know it was in existence at that time.
5 years ago.
 Skipper
Skipper
A very peculiar and spectacular photo.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Skipper
Many thanks very much appreciated, Keeping a 400 year tradition alive.
5 years ago.
 Esther
Esther club
Quite a shot. They look a bit dangerous to carry.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Esther club
Thank you Esther, much safer these days than they were in years gone by.
5 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon club
that is just so cool, and I can say I have never seen or heard of this before!
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Shuttering Yukon club
Many thanks and very much appreciated, It really is important to keep these old traditions alive.
5 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon club has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
yea well sadly these days we lose too many old traditions I think because people just figure them 'too hard' and they couldn't be bothered getting too far away from the wifi..
5 years ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Fantastic capture...great...well done.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Horizon 36 club
Many thanks very much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Gillian Thomas
Gillian Thomas
That is one great shot...
seen in www.ipernity.com/group/great_britain
5 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Thank you Gillian , your comments are very much appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
What a unique and dramatic scene this is. Excellent picture
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Dave Linscheid
Many thanks Dave, had to get into the action for the shot , have the spark burns on the coat to prove it.
5 years ago.
 Phil Sutters
Phil Sutters club
Although my home was only 6 miles north of Bridgey, I was usually away at school when the Carnival season was on. The floats go to several other carnivals in the area, but without the squibs. My recollection of the only time I did get there was that it was one long pub crawl, wandering along the carnival route with a glass in hand, getting refills along the way!
I doubt the squibbers wore hard hats back then in the late 60s. Thanks for the recollection therapy, Roger!
5 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
I squibed in the 60s in an old cloth cap that was being thrown away and a scarf wrapped tightly around the neck, The squibs were much more volatile and unreliable in those days but thankfully today's homogenised versions are much safer,
Carts still tour the county however results seldom change very much after Bridgwater,
5 years ago.
 Jean
Jean club
Fabulous display. Beautifully photographed.
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Jean club
Thank you Jean, I was a little close for my clothing really.
5 years ago.
 Ganymede
Ganymede
Superb !
5 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Ganymede
Many thanks, appreciated.
5 years ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
This is amazing. What a shot! You were brave getting amongst the shower of sparks, - I was peering out from behind the nearest tall person!
4 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Many thanks and very much appreciated, the sparks help to warm a rather cold evening.
4 years ago.
 LotharW
LotharW club
What a great show!
2 years ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to LotharW club
Thank you Lother, I have been involved since 1973,
2 years ago.
 Andrew Marshall
Andrew Marshall
A well crafted image.
11 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club has replied to Andrew Marshall
Thank you Andrew, had to get in among the sparks
11 months ago.

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