I inadvertently found an efficient way to "enjoy" the Midsummer Common fireworks (huge free firework display in the middle of Cambridge for anyone not familiar with it). I parked at D's house and the kids and I joined the throngs of other people walking down to the common. Just as we entered the common, I stopped to drop some coins in the collection bucket, looked up - and could not see any of the children!
Fortunately, I'd already said to them that if we get split up, they were to watch the display then return to D's house afterwards, so I hoped it would be OK, even though I felt like a bad mother. A(eldest) and R had already agreed to stay together (and had a mobile with them, even though I did not), and I later discovered that they had walked straight through the common, crossed the river and found the place where they had watched the fireworks with D the previous year with a good view.
A (younger) was in a bit of a mood - she didn't really want to come at all, and I had been intending to stay pretty close to her to be on the safe side (and she didn't have a mobile either)... It later turned out that she had wandered all the way down to the front of the crowd, and ended up in the row second from the front, with a great view.
I'd stayed in the middle of the common, on a path right underneath a streetlight, in the hopes that if anyone had been looking for me they might have been able to spot me. I saw the firework display, but nothing of the firedancers that I gather were doing a display beforehand - the children all had a good view!
After the display, I rushed back to D's house, and phoned A&R on their mobile (mine was flat, so had to wait until I could use D's landline) - they were a few minutes behind me. About 5 minutes after they arrived, I decided to try to walk back to the common to look for the remaining one... and as I walked out of the door, she was walking up the road... still in a bad mood!
We were all pretty damp, but after some warming soup or hot chocolate with marshmallows floating in it, we all felt fine (and A cheered up).
So, all ended up fine, but next year I'm going to make sure we all have charged mobiles - then I can enjoy the display properly.
Fortunately the weather forecast for the village fireworks is rather better, just as well, since the kids are helping out with the Scout Troop.