A Celebration of Treason or Thanksgiving?
4th November 2013
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Guy Fawkes started it all in 1605. Are we celebrating the act of treason or thanksgiving that the King was spared? Maybe it's nothing more than a tradition that has lasted over 400 years. A tradition that brings communities together.

On Nov 5th, he was arrested as part of a group planning to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James 1. When the plot failed, the people of London lit bonfires in celebration. For 400 years, the tradition of Guy Fawkes night or Bonfire Night has continued on the 5th of November - despite many protests.

Damage to the environment, the rise of burn-related accidents and the harm to animals are all some of the reasons many want Bonfire Night banned. Others enjoy the tradition of coming together in their local villages for a community-focused event which normally includes a bonfire, fireworks and even fair rides.

Whatever your feelings, remember to stay safe, respect your neighbours and the animals.

English Folk Verse (Circa 1870)

Remember, remember! The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England's overthrow.

But, by God's providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James's sake!
If you won't give me one,
I'll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.

A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.

Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

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