Jo Worgan column

Jo Worgan.
Jo Worgan.

Well, I am so happy this week.

Tom absolutely loved his first ever fireworks display.

On Sunday we were invited to Sedburgh School, where Andrew teaches, to enjoy their firework display that was to take place in the school ground.

All staff and their families had been invited.

To be honest though, when Andrew first mentioned this to me, I wasn’t so sure, the reason being that I did not know how Tom would cope due to his sensory issues, but you know what? I then told myself, Tom has just as much right to enjoy fireworks as every other child, so let’s just give it a go and see what happens, and I am so very glad that we did.

The school is situated in stunning and spacious grounds and we were stood near one of the many houses situated there.

Food and drink was being served, the chips and sausages were delicious and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed.

On our arrival we were greeted by a blazing bonfire, well out of our reach, as it was on a huge field and we were stood behind a dry stone wall.

I had shown Tom his ear defenders in the car, on our way to the school, so as to relieve any of his anxieties about the loud noises that would occur.

What really made me smile was that as soon as we got to the school and he saw the bonfire, he asked for them to be put on and seemed to visibly relax once he was wearing them.

The fireworks were loud as they seemed to resonate off the surrounding hills, and they were truly magnificent.

Both boys stood mesmerised (well Tom was having a shoulder carry); as they watched the fireworks explode into a dozen colours in the sky that appeared to be landing on their heads.

They were right above us. Tom’s face was an absolute picture; he had a huge smile plastered on his face and kept saying that the fireworks were ‘beautiful’

So I would like to thank Sedburgh School for inviting us as a family, and for allowing a little boy to enjoy and be part of a fireworks display.