Skinningrove Bonfire & Fireworks Display 2017
Saturday 4 November saw one of Skinningrove’s best ever shows as spectacular fireworks illuminated the hillsides and a bonfire that represented pigeon fancying in the local area. There’s been a theme to all the bonfires in the village since the first one in 1982; this year it was the turn of an activity that’s been part of the local landscape for more than a century. In the weeks leading up to 4 November there were guided visits to pigeon lofts and shows at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum that featured archive film of pigeon fancying in the North East of England, together with readings and talks. There was also a display at Loftus Library that featured images kindly provided by the mining museum, East Cleveland Image Archive, Teesside Archives, Dawn Holliday, Skinningrove History Group and photographers. Thanks are due to the bonfire committee and history group for their work on these activities; look out for news of a project to highlight the significance of pigeon fancying in our area. The bonfire and fireworks display could not go ahead without donations of money and time, so it’s a huge Thank You to the organisations and individuals who gave financial support and many hours as volunteers to make this community event such a great success.