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A good chance to show the brigade off to its best advantage. Started with a church service.

Note they had a supervising role concerning the torchlight procession and no doubt gave torches only to those who they deemed responsible.

There are several recorded occurrences of other festivities in different towns where occasionally things went awry, some times even when controlled by the brigade.

Even today a lot of care needs to be exercised to make sure that the location and conditions are safe.
Sometimes the control is well in evidence, sometimes rather more quietly supervised. The location and contents of the bonfire gives much concern.