Since the outbreak of war, postponements and cancellations have affected many of the Island’s usual shows, festivals and events. There is widespread relief, however, following a decision by the War Office that Fireworks Night can still go ahead on 5 November – although with some changes from previous years.
The restrictions insisted upon by the War Office include not letting off any fireworks near military installations or designated defended ports such as St Helier Harbour. Any form of bonfire is strictly prohibited. Firework displays must end by 8.00pm and not include any rockets, roman candles, star shells or aerial bombs. The Lieutenant Governor, General Rochfort, passed on the news to the Bailiff and the police who are expected to enforce the conditions.
While the news about Fireworks Night went down well, there was considerable dismay over another War Office decision. Preparations had been underway in the Island to receive Belgian refugees driven from their homes by the German invasion of that country. Now, for reasons unknown at this time, it seems that the British Government has decided against sending any refugees to Jersey.