To the dismay of local firefighters, the act of book burning was taken up by Lancashire GCSE students to celebrate the end of their exams.
Pupils burned their textbooks, starting three fires in one night in Preston last week.
The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has urged students to donate or sell their textbooks instead of setting them on fire.
A spokesperson encouraged students to earn money by selling their books instead of setting them on fire.
Alongside a picture of a firefighter putting out a blaze, they posted: ‘Each time I found GCSE subject books burning in different places. Celebrate the end of school by all means, but what about earning a few bobs by reselling them instead? »
In a similar post on Twitter, the fire service said: ‘Preston firefighters have recently responded to several calls involving the burning of GCSE books. There are better ways to complete your exams! We recommend that you donate, sell, or simply recycle unwanted books.
Millions of 15 and 16-year-olds finished their exams earlier this month and went their separate ways for an extended summer break. Book burning has become a tradition for many students completing their exams.
In 2019, a group of teenagers from Bolton accidentally set fire to a bandstand by burning their schoolbooks after their GCSE final exam.
The same happened in Wolstanton, North Staffordshire, that year, when firefighters found charred notebooks – with the names still visible – among the debris.