“Remember, remember the 5th of November” are words that send shivers down my spine. In 1605, Guy Fawkes, a member of the Roman Catholic conspirators, attempted to carry out the “Gunpowder plot” to assassinate King James I of England and the House of Parliament.
The Gunpowder Plot didn’t go according to plan and King James I survived. Instead, a huge fireworks display rang out over the skies of London and to celebrate the king’s life, groups of people around the UK lit bonfires and set off fireworks. To this day November the 5th, or Bonfire Night, is still celebrated. Some people even make Guy Fawkes dolls and place them into the Bonfires.
It’s a time when everyone gets together and for me November wouldn’t be the same without a great Bonfire Night.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
‘Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.