A FIREWORKS chief has hit back at calls for a Bonfire Night ban.
November 5th is still a family fun evening, insisted Standard Fireworks managing director Andrew Fowlds who defended the industry after a highly-successful fireworks season.
He spent much of the November 5 weekend talking to customers at the shop, which had been especially set up at the Black Cat and Standard HQ in Crosland Hill, Huddersfield.
And he hit back at Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who called for a ban on bonfires and firework displays to protect the environment.
The factory shop boasted record sales, indicating the popularity of family fireworks.
Standard Fireworks, which has been based in Huddersfield for over 100 years, has topped last year's sales target by 40%.
The shop saw a record number of over 10,000 customers through its doors, some coming from as far as 150 miles away.
Mr Fowlds, said: "There are some killjoys out there who would have you believe that fireworks are only for yobs to misuse and therefore they should be banned.
"Try telling that to the hundreds of parents with young children who came to our shop.
"Guy Fawkes night is still a night to remember. Why shouldn't they enjoy the thrill of having their own fireworks at home?
"They reinforced the fun and excitement that is Bonfire night - a traditional time for families to share an evening together."