Live the high life on Bonfire Night!

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We make no secret of the fact we like City Inn, we would like them better if they just gave us a year round master suite with 24hour concierge service and an unlimited bar tab. Never mind they are pretty generous to you, our loyal readers, and are inviting three of you plus a guest to share in a sophisticated invite only event at their 13th Floor SkyLounge Rooftop Bar and Terrace, watching the fireworks across Leeds in the warm, and what’s more they’ll feed and water you too with complimentary drinks and winter bites! One extra special lucky winner gets to stay overnight in one of their fab double rooms, so you can forget the car and pretend to be a tourist for the night!

Please do tell us what your favourite firework is in the comments box and with score extra bonus points if you try to spell the noise you make when a pretty one goes off…

Further details including timings etc will be emailed to you if you win but please don’t try to win if you know already have plans for bonfire night!

NB: Please be sure to read our terms and conditions which you are deemed to have accepted by entering! Winners will be picked randomly using Closing date: 1st November 2009

And the big winner is Sally who not only gets to watch the fireworks but also to stay the night at City Inn.


And congratulations to Philippa Lark and Dan Holmes who also get to check out the fireworks from the luxury of the Sky Lounge Bar

Emails will be heading your way very shortly to all our lucky winners!


    1. I love the big loud mofo 30 rocket repeaters!!

      Phwip…………………..BOOOOOOOM crickalickacrickalicaaaaaaaaoooooooo shhhhhhhhh
      Phwip…………………..BOOOOOOOM crickalickacrickalicaaaaaaaaoooooooo shhhhhhhhh
      Phwip…………………..BOOOOOOOM crickalickacrickalicaaaaaaaaoooooooo shhhhhhhhh

      And so on and so on!!

  1. My favourite fireworks, by a mile, are those little orange wormy ones that go shooting off in all directions. And here, for one night only, is the noise they make:

    Squeee Squeee Squeee Squeee

    That could equally be the music from Psycho, when Vivien Leigh gets stabbed in the shower, but let’s pretend for a moment that it sounds exactly like a wormy firework.


  2. My fave firework is the ‘Chinese banger’ my mate used to get when we were at school, mint – like a bomb went off in group 1y physics! The noise was loud and bang like in nature, but the noise of the teacher Mrs. X was unholy. Vintage school boy prank!

  3. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s a square box type thing thing and it kind of goes a little like this…


    You get the idea… I hope.

  4. my fave is the catherine wheel.

    It goes…weeeeewweeeeeeweeee eieieieieieiei tsssssssssssssssss

  5. I love a good old Catherine Wheel: WWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    They never seem to quite work properly, I like the element of suprise that comes along with that. Will it spin? Won’t it spin? Will it ping off into my face? Who knows!

    1. ha ha, just read the thing again and its try to spell the noise you make when a firework goes off, not spell the noise the firework makes!! in that case, i would say
      ooooooOOOOooooooooooo wheeeeeeeeeeeeee

  6. I absolutely love the huge fireworks that shoot up, and then make an enormous popping noise, firing pretty colours into a huge spherical shape in the sky, especially when there are a few that all go off together or in quick succession.

    whoosh….. whoosh….. POP POP whoosh…….. POP whoosh…… whoosh….. POP POP

    love it!!! 🙂

    the loud whoosh and pop pop pop noises always get my heart rate beaming faster, and I love it when everyone watching oohs and aahs in appreciation at the large scale fireworks. they’re only really seen in professional displays but they look absolutely amazing on a clear dark winters night, especially if you’re part of the excited crowd watching them from the safety and warmth of a roaring toasty bonfire.

  7. You can keep your rockets with their two-pronged (EeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeBOOM)approach. For me it really has to be the Flying Fish, the subtle Prince of the firework landscape. They start with a quiet yet determined HSSSSSSSSHT as they shoot up into the sky, usually darting off at a strange angle, and they keep you hanging on for a good few seconds as if to say ‘Watch me! watch me swim!”, before exploding with a BCCCCCCK!, sending little fishes shooting off haphazardly across the sky – CRRRRRRRRRRR.
    So, to re-cap, that’s a HSSSSSSSSHTBCCCCCCK!CRRR RRRR

    (Plus those ones don’t result in the kid next to you skriking his little head off like the rockets do)

  8. My favourite fireworks were those a mad French world famous ‘artificier’ – I’m sure that’s not the word but he was an expert in feux d’artifice – wore on a hat piled high – roman candles and the like – in the presence of Jack Lang, Culture Minister at the time – at the launch of an art fair in Paris. It wasn’t so much the noise the fireworks made that I remember most, but the noise the crowd made as his head was suddenly lit up in a blaze and shower of sparkle. It went collectively ‘Heeeein?? OOOOOUUUAAAAHHH!! Ouf.’

  9. I love to watch fireworks, especially purple ones that really shimmer in the sky. However since having a rogue Traffic Light fall over and fire it’s flares toward my face, I’ve kind of lost my taste for it all. The “Brak Brak Brak Neeeeew Neeeeeew Neeeeeeew” just makes me want to go home and hide under the duvet like a distressed pet.

    That’s why I though this competition my be a good one for me… miles away from the business end of the firework, but able to watch all the fun.

  10. Ooooh fireworks they are so much fun, we used to have a family bonfire every year and invite friends and neighbours to join us – all gathered round drinking and eating traditional bonfire night fare!

    My favourite firework was always the Catherine Wheel as I loved how much preparation went into it nd then it rarely seemed to work well but when it did it was brilliant: splut splut wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeWHWWWWWWWWWWWWWHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE splut splut wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (aaaaaaaah Ooooooooooh)

    Although one year we had problem with a misplaced rocket that flew over our heads, it was like a scene from Shameless.
    It won’t light
    Oh it’s lit
    Ah it’s fallen down
    Everybody SCATTER!
    Ha ha ha that was close – did you see the way you dived for cover!
    Again again!!!

  11. Gotta be the Catherine Wheel.

    Hmm the sound ‘when a pretty one goes off’. The only pretty one that I’ve manhandles used to bark like a dog. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrwoofwoof!

  12. My favourite firework is a ‘Unicorn Dazzler’ they are so very rare you probably haven’t even seen one in action.

    If you did your eyes would marvel at an exploding unicorn horn of dancing glow ponies and laser llamas. A real treat for all eyes and ears. Sounds of clip-ety clop gradually getting louder followed by shhhhcccccccccneigggggggh and the sound of magic ping ping, ping ping.

    The Leeds sky line would just love it.

  13. I absolutely adore those rockets that whizz their way into the black sky, then explode into thousands of jewel coloured stars that fall back toward the ground

  14. I’m a fan of the good ole’ Rocket. It has everything – from a super loud WHHHHHOOOOOOOOOSSSSHHHHHH then !!!!!!<<<<>>>>!!!!! (this bit has little blue lights screaming around the sky) WHIZZZIDYPOPITYWHIZZ and finally breaking to an intense CRACKLECRACKLECRACKLE and then a OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH from the admiring crowd. Yep – got to be the rocket.

  15. Nought can beat a good old Roman Candle I say, it’s really magical when they shoot fountains of litttle coloured sparkles into tne sky.

    When a real beauty goes off you’ll hear me let out a few ooooohhh’s and aaaaaaahhh’s, then aaammaaazing, beeaauutiful, aaawwwsome.

    Yeah, I luuurrvvee fireworks me!

  16. My favourate fireworks are the Roman Candles. You can’t do a firework display without this old classic. oooooohhhh (as it shoots into the air) uh (as it bangs) and ahhhh (as the pretty stars light up the sky!

    What a great time of year…its my birthday too! it makes a magical birthday evening!

  17. Im a simple (immature) girl so my favourite firework, even if it deserves the title firework!, is the good ole faitful sparkler. I retreat to my childhood and start spelling my name and drawing silly shapes… Im now in my late twenties. I love the sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss and the burny smell. It brings back so many happy memories, and just for those few minutes I feel like a young un again!

  18. My favourite fireworks are the ones that soar up in the sky with a whisper then break out

    with a


    look momentarily like the head of a dandelion…..phwoof….

    then bah bang bah bang…..phwoof….bang bad da bang da da bang…

    bang bang bang…..

    standing in a crowd full of ooooooh ahhhh waaahhh oooooh…loook….ahhhhhh

  19. phssss..shoooooooooshhhhhcruu……thuckbooouffboooooom..pattapattapattapattapattapattapatta…fhzzzzzzz

    ohhhh ahhhh woooooh

    …Those one, yep those one are my favourite for sure, i’m not sure what there called but that’s the noise i make to the lady at the fireworks counter and it never fails!

  20. My favourite ones without a shadow of a doubt are the absolutely humongous ones that explode with a huge “KPow” style bang (but in a more fireworky way) then turn into lots more “pow” “pow” “pow” ones

    Think of a french person phlegmy kind of Pow…if that’s at all possible?!?

    It makes sense in my head

    But they are without a doubt the best – because they’re so impressive in the first place because of how big they are, then they just keep going!

  21. I like the rockety ones that explode into colourful shimmering glittery streams of blues and golds (the peacock of fireworks). They go “eeeeeek, pop” (quite understated) and then “sqee-shimmer.”
    This is usually accompannied by inital spectator breath holding, followed by “gasp-ooo-ah-wowee-la!” or something to that effect!

  22. My favourite is the humble sparkler! Cheap and cheerful but endless fun and still really thrilling every time.

    Their aural landscape is kind of just fizzle, fizzle, crackle, crackle, ooohhh, ahhhh, fizzle, sputter awwww 🙂

  23. My all time favourite are the good old fashioned indoor fireworks which nobody seems to sell or manufacture any more? I loved the black worms which grew and grew (and sparkled and crackled) an grew when you lit them with a match and they used to the perfect after dinner entertainment on a family traditional Christmas Eve. Happy days!

  24. I’m a big kid when it comes to fireworks, I don’t know the names of them because I usually go to one of the organised displays set to classical music, so my favourite is the last one of the evening that is the biggest one that whooshes loads of streams of sparks into the night sky that all bang into crackling stars and sound like ‘da dah de dah dah’ crashhhh – (that’s the last line of Land of Hope and Glory with the cymbals)

  25. the roman candle – colourful and bright with the crackling on changing colours

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhcracklecrackleshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhcrackle crackleshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhcraccklecrackleshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h

  26. I like those little China crackers that go off with a simple bang … bang … bang … bang, repeatiously.

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