Celebrate Bonfire Night with Firework Displays in and around Newbury and West Berkshire
13th October 2010
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Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

As Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night approaches thebestofnewbury rounds up some of the main firework displays and bonfire celebrations going on in and around Newbury and West Berkshire.

If you know of any others that aren’t featured on this list then please let us know or better still - add them to our events page.

Fri 5th November 2010

Celebrate Bonfire Night with Chieveley Fireworks, the popular and traditional village firework event. Now in its 42nd year!

Sat 6th November 2010

Thatcham & District Rotary Club Fireworks at Henwick Farm

Newbury Racecourse - Lions Club of Newbury Display. This year’s spectacular event, will be much more than just a Fireworks Display on Saturday 6th November. 

Did You Know….

Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot
Words of "Remember Remember" refer to Guy Fawkes with origins in 17th century English history. On the 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor with his co-conspirators for plotting against the government. He was tried by Judge Popham who came to London specifically for the trial from his country manor Littlecote House in Hungerford, Berkshire. Fawkes was sentenced to death and the form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung ,drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason.

The Tradition begins...
The following year in 1606 it became an annual custom for the King and Parliament to commission a sermon to commemorate the event. Lancelot Andrewes delivered the first of many Gunpowder Plot Sermons. This practice, together with the nursery rhyme, ensured that this crime would never be forgotten! Hence the words " Remember , remember the 5th of November" The poem is sometimes referred to as 'Please to remember the fifth of November'. It serves as a warning to each new generation that treason will never be forgotten. In England the 5th of November is still commemorated each year with fireworks and bonfires culminating with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes (the guy). The 'guys' are made by children by filling old clothes with crumpled newspapers to look like a man. Tradition allows British children to display their 'guys' to passers-by and asking for " A penny for the guy".

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