"Great Fire" called off because of heavy rain
A schoolyard recreation of the Great Fire of London has been postponed after a forecast of heavy rain.
Four classes from Brixington Community School in Exmouth had hoped to use cardboard boxes to restage a version of the historic event as part of their Great Balls of Fire project.
However the event this evening, which was being closely supervised by firefighters, has been forced indoors and replaced by a lecture on fire safety and a sparkler safety demonstration.
The children had hoped to recreate a miniature version of the Great Fire of London, which swept through the city in September 1666 after starting in a baker’s shop in Pudding Lane.
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At Brixington, the classes from years and two were due to set up their cardboard boxes in the playgroup area.
Once set up, the bakers shop was to be set on fire which the children would have extinguished in 1666 fashion by using buckets of water passed along a line.