Bonfire related blog: email kindly received from Alen Fielding on January 25th 2014, describing his early days when they raided bonfire wood for the Station Road gang:
On a happier note, I well remember our efforts to gather firewood for "Guy Fawkes Night Bonfire", where various neighbourhoods always had their own local celebrations, and the 'gangs' of kids from each locality would plan and carry out raids on other firewood collections to augment their own. The Station rd. mob, that I was a member of were particularly successful in this nefarious activity, even playing "Hooky" if necessary on schooldays to facilitate the theft of wood stored in walled-off back-yards whilst parents were at work, and other kids in school. We stored our timber on-site on the grassy slope at the approach to the railway station, which had only one possible way in and out to guard, and we used to be on alert until 10.30 - 11.00 p.m. most nights once we had accumulated a decent stack. Hazel Greenwood's mob were the most fortunate, as they had a large old barn just off the far end of Commerce St., that was impregnable. I know, - we tried to figure a way to breach it! I will call it a day for now, but if you would like to have more of my ramblings, maybe from my time at Aitken's mill at Irwell Vale and the restoration of the derelict building that became the Lumb Mill, let me know. 'Bye for now, Alen.