Remember Remember the 5th November. Gunfire Treason, and Plot. Bonfire Night
Now for those of you with a British heritage you will know all about Bonfire Night and Penny for the Guy, that was an effigy of Guy Fawkes who, will ultimately end up on the pyre being burnt on the Bonfire for his part as a conspirator to blow up the Houses of Parliament & King James the 1st in 1605. The plot failed, he was subsequently caught, tried and executed. Although it was alleged that before he could be publicly executed he jumped from the gallows and broke his neck.
However, every year children and adults across England still celebrate Bonfire Night!
Traditionally, bonfire night was always on the 5th November, however, nowadays its usually the closest weekend and more of the organised firework variety as opposed to huge individual or neighbourhood bonfires. Possibly, the night of the year that the Fire Service still dread. Would be arsonists with delusions of re-enacting history. Or those who just don’t obey the firework code.
I remember, remember as a child, collecting wood for a huge bonfire – anything from old sofas to garden gates, some of it not always scavenged legally. Indeed, many householders woke up after bonfire night with parts of their fence/garden gates missing! There was also theft of wood from rival bonfires before the night itself.
Always a cold night, everyone wrapped up warm, thick socks, mittens, gloves and hats were all essential. Comfort food, jacket potatoes cooked in the bonfire embers, pie and peas, home-made toffee and if you were ‘posh’ toffee apples. Fireworks – rockets, bangers, jumping jacks, roman candles, red devils turning the black sky a variety of colours.Those were the days.
No trick or treat, no trunk or treat – (thank goodness) whats the history behind that?
Nowadays though it is much more organised. _Onlinestylist blogged at the weekend that she was going to an organised bonfire evening (not sure if a bonfire or guy fawkes was present). On the menu – hog roast – yummy, very upmarket!
Did you get to a bonfire this last weekend? What kind of night did you have?
Remember Remember the 5th November. Gunfire, Treason and Plot. Bonfire Night.
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